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The New York Racing Association, Inc.'s (NYRA) popular online wagering system NYRA Rewards will be replaced with NYRA Bets later this summer. The new advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform will officially launch in time for the start of the 2016 meet at the Saratoga Race Course.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded Skidmore College a substantial grant to support new courses that will explore diversity through artworks at the Tang Teaching Museum. This initiative will strengthen the college's existing focus on identity and race, while solidifying its commitment to diversity, integrative learning, and community engagement.

Photo Credit: Tim Hursley

The plan to build a multi-story parking garage on High Rock Ave. in downtown Saratoga Springs has not been easy for the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority. Although the City Council recently approved of a 25-year land lease, the plan is now involved in a lawsuit over the validity of the council's vote.


Photo: Saratoga City Center via Saratoga Business Journal

The Zim Smith Trail is a nine-mile recreation trail that stretches from Ballston Spa all the way to Halfmoon. A recent land purchase proposal by Saratoga County would extend this popular trail from Halfmoon to Mechanicville.


Thanks to a new study by SmartAsset, we can now see how Saratoga County ranks in cost of living compared to other major counties in New York State - and it ranks pretty high.


Photo credit: Gail M. Stein

Beginning on May 28th, Saratoga County will see modifications to the CDTA bus routes, after facing some opposition during public meetings last fall.  


In our modern age, schools and education no longer involve just a classroom with a blackboard. To further their goal to develop new teaching and learning practices, Skidmore College recently announced their role as leader of a four-college collaborative project that will use an international traveling photography exhibit to create new museum-based classes and courses.

Good news for Saratoga Springs homeowners! Saratoga Springs recently topped a highest housing value list, with four other towns in the county making the top ten.

#healthysaratoga is no longer just another hashtag; now, it's a movement. The initiative has had a huge impact on the state of health in Saratoga County since its inception in 2014, and as a result, Saratoga County has been ranked 2016's healthiest county in New York, based on an annual study conducted by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute!


Happy Earth Day, Saratoga! Looking for a simple way to give back to your planet and beautify your yard at the same time? Give native plants and naturalization a try!


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