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Governor Cuomo recently announced that over $350,000 is available to help veterans and low-income families take part in the FreshConnect Checks Program. This program increases the power of food stamps at participating farmers markets, so that everyone can access fresh, healthy and locally grown food. Fortunately for those who utilize the program in the area, Saratoga Farmers Market is a participant! 

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While there is an extensive amount of parking throughout Saratoga Springs, it seems to always be a challenge to grab a good spot, especially during the summer. However, a new app may help ease our woes when it comes to getting a parking spot in downtown Saratoga.

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The Gazebo Stage Young Artist Series is back at SPAC this summer! Don't miss the chance to watch the young stars of tomorrow from two prestigious summer music programs perform before 8:00 PM performances by the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Saratoga Springs is already known for its vibrant performing arts scene, but a recently announced partnership seeks to expand it even more. Universal Preservation Hall, a former church that has hosted a variety of events since the early 2000's, is teaming up with one of the Capital Region's most prominent venues, and this partnership will certainly be beneficial for all parties.

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Did you know that the Oscar winning film '12 Years A Slave' is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup who was born in Minerva and later lived in Saratoga Springs? Northrup worked as a free man at several Saratoga hotels, including the Grand Union as a stand-out violinist before he was captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

The great-great-great granddaughter of Northrup, Melissa Howell of Seneca Falls, is petitioning President Obama to posthumously award the former Saratoga Springs man the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Having been a frequent visitor and now, a recent resident to Spa City, I truly believe there is nothing more that could be added to make Saratoga even more wonderful than it already is. However, the latest addition may just prove me wrong. A waterfront park on Saratoga Lake that has been in the works for some time now has set its opening date for July 9th.

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One of the progress photos viewable on Saratoga-Springs.org

One of the last remaining, active farms in Saratoga Springs will now belong to the community. Pitney Farm's well-known open fields and sporadically placed rustic, gray barns have become one of the most scenic backdrops within city limits. 

While most farmlands are developed into commercial buildings and office space, the future for Pitney Farm's lands is looking lush and green. This past week, the Saratoga Springs City Council agreed to pay $1 million for the development rights to the farm, and there are some exciting potential plans in the works!

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The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc., recently announced the recipient of their 2015 Scholarship Award. Each year, the Saratoga Builder's Association makes this student scholarship award available to high school seniors who are planning to pursue education in the construction industry. Victoria Pinto, an honor roll senior at Schuylerville High School, is the most recent recipient of the 2015 Scholarship Award.

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With Saratoga's continued growth, nobody is denying the growing need for downtown parking solutions. There is some disagreement, however, in the best way to go about adding it.

The City Center has proposed plans for a 5-story High Rock paid-parking garage to replace the free parking lot behind the City Center. With the capacity to hold 480 vehicles, this new $10.4 million structure would be single use, offering parking only, which many citizens feel doesn't make economic sense for Saratoga.

"We continue to look at our project, and are assessing the design and components to see what it is we can do to be responsive, if possible," City Center President Mark Baker was quoted by the Times Union. "What we have proposed to date is not the finished product."

Opponents of the current proposed plan argue a giant concrete parking garage and connecting pedestrian bridge over Maple Ave would be an eyesore misaligned with the historical integrity of the city when that space could be better utilized while still adding much-needed parking.

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Citizens discuss High Rock parking at public forum, photo courtesy of Citizens for High Rock, used with permission

The Saratoga County Fair is looking for individuals to compete in the Talent Competitions during the 174th annual fair taking place from July 21st through July 26th. The talent show consists of a variety of acts from stand-up comedy to dancing to ventriloquism, the sky is the limit when it comes to individual talent! 

Think you have what it takes? Find out how to apply.

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