I just read that Sam Aldrich passed away. Below is an article written about Sam from the Times Union. Sam has been active in our community for years. He prevented the nuclear power plant from being built in Easton just across the Hudson River from the Battlefield. He lived at the corner of Southard and Burke Road for about 5 to 8 years before returning to a house in Saratoga Springs. During his time in our community, he was very involved in issues of controlling development. He once told me how important Sucker Brook was and that there should be a reservation to protect the Sucker Brook area from development. He was also active in the Battlefield preservation and in Hudson Crossing.
It is a shame that Sam has left us but every where he went, he tried to make things better, fighting the good fight for individual rights and the environment.
I often write that Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. Sam and Phyllis Aldrich, although they spent only a few years in the Town have help defined this community. The Battlefield and Hudson Crossing Park were influenced by their efforts. It is the determination that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human.