We all know that Christmas Eve is Santa’s big night. Less well known is that, a few weeks before Christmas, he slips away from his Christmas preparations for a night, visiting the houses who know to leave their shoes out in anticipation of a visit from Santa as he’s been known for much longer: St. Nicholas. December 6 is the Feast of St. Nicholas, a bishop who lived in the third and fourth centuries in present-day Turkey. Many stories are told of his generosity to the needy, one of which relates that he saved three young women from being sold into slavery by tossing bags of gold into the open window of their house—bags which are said to have landed in shoes left before the fire to dry. To this day, on the eve of his feast day—the night of December 5—many know that shoes left out might have a small something in them the next morning. Or a big something, as I discovered one day when I was a little girl and I went to school on December 6, no doubt clutching happily the little candies I’d received, only to see that a classmate had received a toy, an actual toy, and not a small inexpensive trinket, but a large electronic toy that was the envy of my whole class. That may have been the day I subconsciously decided that when I was a mom and St. Nicholas visited our house on the eve of his feast, he would leave my children something more than candy—a strange thought because I don’t ever remember being ungrateful for the little treats I received in my shoe every year. And honestly, the older I got, the more impressed I was that St. Nick always remembered, even in the midst of his own Christmas busy-ness. Then I became a mom, and you know that for that first Eve of St. Nicholas Day I had to leave out baby Thomas’ sock or whatever he was wearing at the ripe old age of almost-three-months-old. I don’t remember what we found in it the next morning, but it certainly wasn’t candy—he wasn’t even eating rice cereal yet, so obviously St. Nick had to leave a toy. Had to. Because almost-three-month-olds, who haven’t even found their own feet would definitely love a toy. Right? And so it went each year and each new baby, up until last year. Seeing five little shoes laid out by their bedroom doors before bed is just the sweetest sight, and it makes my heart swell with generosity of St. Nicholas proportions. Despite the fact that certain little gifts had already been prepared, one of wise old St. Nick’s helpers was tasked at the last minute with running out late to the store on the eve of his feast to find five toys that were of equal value but personalized for each of the five different little boys we have of all different ages. It was not my finest moment—I’m pretty sure I knew it at the time, but the hope of happy children can blind one so, can’t it? St. Nick’s helper did well, really well. He came back bearing exactly what I’d hoped for—five gifts of equal value, but each one just the thing that would make its recipient’s eyes shine with the wonder of the season. I surely fell asleep with a smile upon my lips and visions of sugarplums and the whole bit. I had to be up early to get the kids ready for school, bustling about downstairs before they’d awoken, and left it to their dad to tell me how they liked their surprises. I heard the crying first, all the way from upstairs. When they all came down a few minutes later, devoid of the cheer and gratitude I’d hoped for, I said to my husband, “What happened?” “Well,” he said, as he prepared his coffee, “apparently the item that Thomas received is not at all something he’s ever wanted. Gabe is wailing because he ‘only’ got Legos and his brothers got ‘toys.’ Johnny’s mad that his Spider Man doesn’t shoot actual webbing. Xave seems delighted with his light saber. And Taddy’s still sleeping.” Then he shook his head—he who’d not known that St. Nicholas visits houses on the eve of his feast until he married me—and went back upstairs to get ready for work. And here I’d thought St. Nick had done his very best work, the finest I’d ever seen in all the years I’d awoken to full shoes. My initial feeling of sorrow that the boys weren’t thrilled was quickly replaced with anger that I’d done such a terrible job of raising children to be grateful for what they receive. I had a good stern talk with them before they went to school, and even had to explain to one of their teachers why my usually cheerful, friendly boy was so miserable and surly and why his face was still tear-stained when we arrived at school. All that because they received a new toy that morning. Later that night, after the boys were in bed and my husband and I had a chance to talk about it all—amidst a chuckle or two on our part that we were so sure it would all be a smashing success, only to be so definitively proven wrong—we unanimously agreed to ask St. Nicholas to throw only small candies through our windows from now on. Just the other day one of my boys told me gleefully about the Star Wars figure he hoped to find in his shoe come this Friday morning (today, in fact). “Fat chance,” was my immediate, irritated thought, but then—maybe it would be kinder to let St. Nick ease into this new candy-only plan for these kids who were raised on toys-in-the-shoe. As of this writing, I don’t know what to expect Friday morning—I just hope there’s no crying (by them or me). Happy Feast of St. Nicholas and Merry Christmas to you all! Kate Towne Sherwin is a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their sons Thomas (9), Gabriel (7), John Dominic (5), Xavier (3), and Thaddeus (23 months); they expect their sixth baby in Spring 2014. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — One of the newest vegetable farms selling produce at Saratoga Farmers’ Market is Quincy Farm, which raises certified naturally-grown vegetables with no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on 40 acres of prime farmland in the town of Easton in Washington County. The farm has 1,500 feet of Hudson River frontage, looks across the river to the Saratoga Battlefield and has a significant history dating back a few centuries, with ownership mostly by successive generations of the Wright family. Originally pursuing careers in New York City, farmers Luke Deikis (formerly an electrician in the television industry) and his wife Cara Fraver (previously with the non-profit Just Food, which focuses on farm-to-consumer distribution) purchased the farm in the spring of 2011 after several years of apprenticing for other growers. The couple is quick to note the tremendous help they received in making the purchase from the Open Space Institute and the Agricultural Stewardship Association, which holds an agricultural easement on the property, ensuring it will remain farmland forever. In just a few years, Quincy Farm has grown enough to sell at several different farmers’ markets in the region and offer three CSA (farm subscription) drop-off points in Warren and Saratoga counties. The farm produces a wide range of vegetables, including sweet potatoes, root vegetables and winter squash that store well through the winter. In the warmer months, the farm’s golden tomatoes, summer squash and baby salad mixes are customer favorites. One of the more unusual vegetables the farm grew this past season was pea shoots, which are the clipped young shoots of the pea plant. They have a distinctive fresh sugar snap pea flavor— an offering that proved so popular that Quincy Farm will continue to produce them right through the winter. The farm’s website at www.quincyfarm.net has a full crop of information about everything from farming practices to the farmland’s earliest owners. Asked about their passion to sell directly to the community through their CSA and market booth, Deikis and Fraver note, “We love it when someone comes back and says, ‘I bought this or that last week because you insisted it was the best, and it was and I want more!’ That and the farmer-joy of growing really good cover crops that result in your soil getting healthier and stronger, yielding produce that’s even more tasty and nutritious each season...that’s what keeps us going.” At the winter market at the Lincoln Baths, Quincy Farm has been outside for a few weeks, but will soon be located midway to the back of the building on the first floor. Luke Deikis is happy to share preparation ideas for the items he sells, including his favorite recipe for mashed potatoes with celeriac. “What’s important here whether you make a lot or just a little, is to maintain the proportions of roughly 2/3 potatoes and 1/3 celeriac,” notes Deikis. “The celeriac just doesn’t have enough starch to mash well on its own.”
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Finally, we report that the new Winter Farmers’ Market was full of yummy treats, but a supreme pleasure was discovering the newest seasonal offering from the folks at Saratoga Peanut Butter Company. Behold “Catch Me If You Can!” – a spicy gingerbread-like creation that just makes your tongue happy. Ms. Kristen at the peanut butter marketing gallery explains: “You can certainly tell that it is still peanut butter, but it is so much more. Think of it as spreadable gingerbread. We use molasses, crystallized ginger and our own secret blend of spices to create it.” As far as unique applications she recommends, “Catch me is particularly amazing on apple slices or on graham crackers. It can also be folded into someone’s favorite quick bread recipe for a taste unlike anything you’ve ever tried.” This seasonal flavor is somewhat exclusive. It hit shelves on November 1 and should be available through the holidays, but not much longer. Currently, it is only being distributed at three winter farmers’ markets, including the Saratoga Winter Market on Saturdays. Distribution might be expanded, but not much. “We try to keep its release to local shops,” Kristen said. All of which means, catch “Catch Me If You Can!” while you can. Try to say that five times fast, with or without peanut butter in your mouth. Find more mouth-watering legume concoctions at www.yopeanut.com. - Arthur Gonick
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SARATOGA SPRINGS —Our friend Jenn at the Paddock Lounge (6 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs) invites one and all to the lounge’s first “dueling piano” event this Friday, November 15 from 8 to 11 p.m. If you’ve never seen this Las Vegas-style event, you are in for a real treat. Combining showmanship, polish and verve, the dueling pianists whip each other (and the crowd) into feverish rejoinder after rejoinder — if done right, you literally will not believe your eyes. This note brought back memories of the first time I had ever seen this art form several years ago. At the time, I was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale and was treated to an act called Mark and Clark, twins on twin pianos. Check out this YouTube video and you’ll get the idea why you should put this on your itinerary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiFfrqdQWaE . If that doesn’t clinch the deal, check your pulse — there may be an issue. Call the Paddock Lounge at (518) 330-2426 for more information.
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GLENS FALLS — The Burnt Hills varsity boys volleyball team starts pool play at the Glens Falls Civic Center today for a chance at the program’s first Division II state title since 2007. After entering the season with a lot of questions and having one of their top players, Sam Pelton, miss most of the season because of a muscle pull in his stomach, the Spartans have still shown that they are back. Head coach Paul Sander, who is in his 14th season as head coach of the boys, remembers winning the title in 2007 at Shenendehowa and has recognized the key pieces that have put his team in the position to be amongst the last three standing. “There was a lot uncertain about this team going into the season,” Sander said. “Both of our middles are new to the game. One is in his first year and the other played half a season last year. To watch those two middles grasp the sport very quickly has made such a big difference. The point is, they’re still learning. They haven’t peaked. That made us competitive right there. That really solidified the team.” Those two are Austin Nydegger and Riley Hynes, who have more than answered any preseason questions along with setter Cody Pearce, who was asked to quarterback the team this year as a sophomore. Pearce has solidified himself as a consistent presence both on the field of play and on the stat sheet and has continued to prove himself throughout the postseason. Last Saturday, against Jamesville DeWitt at Cicero North Syracuse High School in the Division II regional finals, Pearce was an offensive catalyst for the Spartans. Aside from his assists, he had 12 consecutive service points in the final set to seal the 3-0 sweep, as the Spartans won 25-20, 25-15, 25-10. He also finished the match with two aces. “[Pearce] has been a steady setter for us,” Sander said “He’s always been able to distribute throughout different locations, spreading the defense out and giving everyone a good opportunity by, keeping the defense guessing.” One thing Burnt Hills will have to avoid today is getting out to a slow start. Although the last matchup was 3-0 sweep, the Spartans came out of the gates slow against the Red Rams, trailing 10-9 early. “They came out a little bit tight, but they were able to loosen up,” Sander said. “Hopefully it just builds their confidence and we don’t get off to a slow start like that Friday. It’s just a matter of getting used to playing in the postseason.” After a dominating six year stretch, the Spartans have missed the playoffs entirely the last three seasons, making this year that much sweeter for Sander. “It is special for me because I don’t have anyone who was there the last time in 2009, but they hear about the stories,” Sander said. Those stories include six consecutive undefeated seasons and a 133-match winning streak at one point. One of the other keys for the Spartans has been the return of Pelton this postseason. Before his injury in the beginning of October, he was leading the team in kills. Although he’s not fully healthy, he will again be joining the 12-man roster against the other two teams in pool play: Victor and Bellmore. “You haven’t seen his name because he’s been hurt, but he’s the one who can make a difference,” Sander said. “He’s not 100 percent, but what he does offer is a help.” Drew Haughey is another asset to the team who has gone under the. The defender, and co-captain with Pelton, is another impact player the Spartans will be relying on, especially against defending champion Bellmore who returns last year’s state tournament MVP Gary Anderson. Burnt Hills played against the other team, Victor, back on Columbus Day in Rochester and lost a close game in a one-set format, 25-22. Today’s pool play includes each team playing against the other for two sets each to 25, while the top two overall records advance to play in the championship at 6 p.m. In the case of a tiebreaker between second and third place, another game would be played. Opening ceremonies today are at 1:30 p.m. with pool play starting after. The Burnt Hills girls will begin their pool play for the Class A championship on Saturday against Pittsford Sutherland, Kings Park and Cornwall at the Civic Center, starting at 8:30 a.m. The girls’ championship match is set to be played Sunday at 10 a.m.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake head coach Brian Bold has made it to the Class A state semifinals seven times in his nine seasons coaching the team. A Spartans win this Saturday would put them in the finals for the first time since 2003. To do that, they will have to go through the No. 2 team in the state, Long Island’s Garden City, who ousted Burnt Hills, 2-1, in the Final Four en route to their last state championship in 2010. “Their style of play was pretty quick, pretty physical and very direct,” Bold said. “In my homework that I’m doing, that style of play is still their style. We expect to see what we see in the Suburban Council—at that level or higher. I believe Long Island has one of the best leagues down there, but I also believe the Suburban Council is one of the best leagues in the state.” While the Suburban was a grind for the Spartans, who were unable to win more than two regular season games in a row, the team hit a turning point on October 19 against Niskayuna. After losing to the Silver Warriors in September, 4-0, Burnt Hills responded with a 2-0 win in the regular-season finale. It was the only time the prominent Niskayuna offense was held scoreless this season, except for their regional loss to Cicero North Syracuse last Saturday. “It was like the lights came on for us that day,” Bold said. “Everything sort of came together. We had pockets of greatness throughout our season. The night against Niskayuna, all those little pockets came together as a whole.” It was also the first of the Spartans’ current six-game winning streak that claimed yet another Section II Class A title and the chance to reach the finals on the 10-year anniversary of the program’s last state championship. “The learning curve of this season has been a little bit longer, but we are a completely different team between now and then,” Bold said. “We’ve moved kids around, our back four is finally settled in, we’re a completely different working team, we have a winning personality and we have kids right where they need to be. They understand their role and we’re peaking right now.” Bold had to puzzle the pieces together all season. Moving Angelina Giorgio from midfield to the back and putting Kylee Babcock at right back, in the second half of the season, to join Michael Hitt and Eleanor Muller at center back and left back, respectively, has paid dividends. The Spartans have nine shutouts in 2013. Eight of them have come in the season’s second half, including three of the team’s last four playoff games. The decision to take Meghan Malone away from playing up front with the school’s all-time leader in goals and assists, Morgan Burchhardt, may have been the most pivotal move of them all. After playing the two side-by-side last year, the move was made to take further advantage of Malone’s physical presence and athleticism. “[Malone]’s a junior who plays like a senior because she’s had so many years of experience,” Bold said. “She’s an absolute leader in the midfield. This year she’s really become vocal in demanding things and expectations. Meghan was originally a target striker. We wanted her to touch the ball more. She has grown and matured in that role and is really taking on the personality of an attacking central midfielder.” The coaching moves don’t end there. Splitting time between sophomore goalkeepers Haley Schultz and Erin Petrillose, with Petrillose starting games and Schultz finishing, has been both a “luxury” and “blessing” for Bold. But throughout the postseason, the two have played based on the opponent’s offensive style. “They both have their strengths and both have their weakness,” Bold said. “If I could push them together to be one goalkeeper, they’d probably be one of the best keepers in the state. We’ve been moving them around based on what we need.” In a rematch of last season’s regional loss, the Spartans’ win against Section III Jamesville-DeWitt came down to penalty kicks. Schultz was inserted between the posts, making three straight saves and getting her hand on a fourth to ensure the win. “Last year, that game showed us how cruel soccer could be,” Bold said. “We out-shot them. We did everything we could do, but we could not score. I think the kids that returned had a bitter taste in their mouth from last year’s match and wanted this one on their home turf.” After taking the next game 5-0 over Peru, the Spartans continued what has been a dominant Section II run since Bold has been head coach. In that time, they have never lost a playoff game at Stillwater. In fact, they have never lost in the postseason in Section II in the last nine years. The only losses have come in the state tournament and in last year’s regional play. But although Bold was on the 2003 team that won the Class A state tournament, as an assistant coach, and has said he’s been fortunate to get this far before, this weekend’s game is one he has never won. “For our program, it would mean a great deal because there was a great deal of kids in my nine years here that have worked very hard and come very close, so I think for our program and past players it would be a rewarding thing because we’ve been so close and it would be a relief,” Bold said. “I would like to get one. You go and work hard and get so close. Everybody knows this time of year you have to be good, but you also have to be a little lucky and we’re hoping that these two things are in our favor this weekend. I’d like to look back on it and say, ‘We finally got one in 2013.’” As Garden City makes its second trip to Cortland for states in the last four years, the No. 3 ranked Spartans will have their hands full. The winner of Saturday’s game, which starts at 5 p.m. at Tompkins-Cortland Community College, will play the winner of Section IX’s Goshen Central and No. 1 ranked Honeoye Falls Lima (Section V), who is undefeated. The championship game will be at SUNY Cortland, Sunday at 2 p.m.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS —The second annual Saratoga Mom Prom—a ladies night out—to benefit Saratoga County Children’s Committee is April 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton.  Pull out your old prom gown or bridesmaid dress (or head to a consignment shop), accessorize in your era of prom and come join the fun. There will be dancing, lite fare, raffle baskets as well as prom activities.

Register for $55 and learn more at www.saratogamomprom.com or call (518) 587-5392.  Benefit a great cause and have fun reliving your prom memories. Age 21 and up are welcome and you do not need to be a mom to attend.

Saratoga County Children’s Committee serves the needs of children throughout Saratoga County.  It is a completely volunteer organization and without a paid staff, 100 percent of monies donated are spent to provide relief to children in need.

The SCCC’s greatest effort is The Empty Stocking Project that provides over 800 children with holiday gifts. Requests are received from agencies such as Domestic Violence Services, EOC, Franklin Community Center, Project Lift, Saratoga Early Intervention, Saratoga County Social Services as well as Nurses in Saratoga County Schools. Throughout the year, the Committee provides such items as clothing, cribs and baby supplies, school supplies and sports equipment, along with special needs such as medical supplies and equipment and dental work.  

New members are always welcome.  At this time, there is a need for volunteers willing to   sponsor a child for The Empty Stocking Project.  To volunteer for membership or to sponsor a child, call (518) 587-1236.

 

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SARATOGA SPRINGS —At last weekend’s opening of the indoor Saratoga Farmers’ Market at the Lincoln Baths in Saratoga Spa State Park, vendor tables displayed the broad diversity of products being grown and produced in this region. 

Outside the building, on either side of the circular driveway, several vendors sold a wide range of produce, fresh fish and décor items including pottery, autumn-themed floral centerpieces and evergreen swags. Inside the building, more than three dozen additional vendors and farms loaded their tables with everything from apples to duck eggs to handmade soap to pasture-raised Angus beef. 

The steady stream of cars arriving at the park made it clear that local residents are fond not only of farm-fresh vegetables and handmade crafts, but also tasty Saturday morning market traditions such as fresh-baked pastries and muffins, steaming hot cocoa and coffee, warm egg sandwiches, cold-pressed juice and filling burritos. 

Inside the building customers were shopping on two levels. The upper level showcases many vendors with prepared and ready-to-eat foods, including pastries, bread, cookies, smoothies, jam, crackers, pickles, olive tapenade and peanut butter. On the lower level, farms sold a variety of produce, milk, cheese, meat, honey, apples and handmade items including soap, goats’ milk lotions, herbal tick repellant and pottery. 

With gift-givers already preparing for the upcoming holidays, here are some ideas for “buying local” this year and supporting the region’s farms and producers: 

Functional Gifts

The market sells many items that make great gifts and are relatively small and easy to ship: handmade soap in a variety of scents and fun shapes that kids and adults adore; lotions made of goats’ milk; herbal tick repellant; beeswax candles; handcrafted pottery that is both functional and a work of art. 

Sweet Treats

In addition to baked goods such as small cakes, pies, tea breads, cookies, pastries and brownies, vendors sell gift-ready breakfast items including granola, jam, honey, maple syrup and peanut butter (plain and with mixed-in extras).

Gifts from Nature

For Thanksgiving, local flowers, gourds and pumpkins at the market make a welcome gift for anyone you visit. Looking ahead to December, the market is already featuring evergreen swags and other small décor items and in a few weeks will have garland and Christmas trees. Unique glass terrariums in a range of sizes will last through the winter with a minimum of care. 

Fresh Food and Market Gifts

For someone who would enjoy selecting their own fresh produce, special cheese or dairy items, fresh fish and locally-raised meat, a market gift certificate can be the perfect choice. Combine it with an insulated shopping bag or stainless steel mug, or a decorative pouch with wooden market tokens that can be spent like cash and your gift recipient will be ready to shop on Saturdays this winter. These items are available at the Market Table in the front lobby of the building.

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When I am giving lessons to new students, more times than not I have to adjust how far or close they stand to the ball when they are hitting their irons. Almost always I find golfers stand too far away, so let’s focus our attention on that.

Most golfers don’t have a clear understanding of what is correct. They just do what is comfortable. Their arms, especially the right arm on right-handed golfers, are rigid and locked in a stiff, un-athletic manner. 

This is one of the root causes of poor swing mechanics. Extending the arms so far away from the body creates a myriad of problems. “Reaching,” as I call it, throws everything off—it changes the optimum swing plane, which creates a poor swing-path; it throws your balance off and makes it difficult to make solid, consistent contact with your irons.

In addition to that, being too far away from the ball and over-extending your arms actually reduces your club-head speed so you won’t hit the ball as far and certainly not as straight.

Your address position is the foundation for the entire golf swing and if you begin in an improper position, you greatly decrease the odds of hitting a good golf shot.

Hopefully this photograph will explain and make it easy for you to understand how to get into a proper set-up position. It’s pretty simple. I really only look for one thing: I want to see the toes, the butt end of the grip and the center of the shoulder on the same vertical line.

If those three things are touching that line, you’ll be in great shape! 

I know, when hitting a ball your view isn’t from the same angle as shown in the photo, so how do you know if you are set up properly?

All you have to do is let your arms hang straight down. Don’t reach. 

There needs to be a little softness in the right arm. If you set up like this, you’ll find a lot of your swing issues will be diminished. Many of you will feel, at first that you are standing too close to the ball but I can assure you, you are not. If you feel that way it’s because you got into a bad habit and were too far away from the ball to begin with.

As Byron Nelson said, “You can never stand too close to the ball.”

I find that many older golfers I have given lessons to don’t have their hands on this vertical line. Want to know why? Because as many men age, their bellies gets bigger. As the belly grows bigger, the arms naturally reach more away from the body because their gut is in the way.

Hey, no shame, it happened to me too.

Again, this causes the swing plane to change and golfers then will swing more with their arms and less with their torso, and that’s the reason many of you wonder why you don’t play golf as well or hit the ball as far as you used to. If you are conscious of this fact and do a little maintenance and make sure you are not “reaching,” you can continue playing awesome golf even though your body is no longer so awesome.

Remember, this relates to irons only. With your hybrids and woods, your arms need to extend away from the body somewhat because the clubs are longer and you hit these clubs with more of a sweeping motion.

Try this and your swing will feel more fluid and athletic. Your path will be better. Your contact will be better. The ball will fly longer and straighter. You’ll once again get that great feeling of hitting your irons in the sweet spot.

The coachofgolf is shutting it down for the year. Thanks to everyone for the great response and a special thanks to Saratoga TODAY for giving me a forum to share with you. I’ll be back in March of 2014. If you have ideas for future articles you’d like me to address, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In the meantime, have a blessed holiday season. 

Fred Fruisen is the coachofgolf. Fruisen is a PGA Professional and the head golf coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. For more lessons, go to the website coachofgolf.com. For personal instruction, call (518) 565-7350.

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TROY—The Hudson-Mohawk Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in conjunction with the New York Solar Energy Society, awarded Clean Tech ECHS student Brian Pfeil the 2013 “Dr. Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy Energy Innovator” award.

This award is presented to an outstanding high school senior from the Hudson-Mohawk Section geographic region who has demonstrated academic excellence in STEM-related subjects and who plans to continue his/her studies after high school in an energy-related field. 

Brian, a senior from Burnt Hills High School, attends the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART in Malta.  Brian was recommended for the award by his Photovoltaics Theory and Design college instructor as well as by faculty of the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries ECHS.  Brian’s junior year capstone project focused on a system designed to capture energy from vehicular traffic.
ASME, initially established as the America
n Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a world-wide, non-profit, professional organization with the mission to serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life, and communicating the excitement of engineering. The Hudson-Mohawk Section serves the upstate New York region and includes Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington, Schoharie, Delaware, Montgomery and Fulton counties. 

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