In Ballston Spa, hundreds of people recently got to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at local horse farms thanks to the efforts of CCE Equine of Saratoga County. More than 550 people visited Cross Timbers Ranch, Stark Racing Stable and Mill Creek Farm to learn about equine activities in Saratoga County. Cross Timbers Ranch allowed visitors to view their arena, obstacle course and outdoor facilitates. At Mill Creek, participants were able to see all aspects of the thoroughbred breeding facility from the stallions to the broodmares and babies. Stark Racing Stable allowed the public to pass through the barns and interact with their resident standardbred horses. This event was sponsored by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund. The contributions of these organizations allow CCE Equine to offer this program for free annually. CCE Equine is a division of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Saratoga County.
In Schenectady, many people and organizations recently came together to help create Common Unity Banners, a project of the Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge to help emerging artists in the Schenectady community get exposure that could further develop their business or advance their careers. The organizations involved in creating the Common Unity Banners were: Miracle on Craig St. at Carver, Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Community Fathers Inc., Working Group on Girls of Schenectady, Inc. & 518 Boys Day Out, Electric City Barn, Save Our Streets Inc. & C.O.C.O.A. House, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. The artists working with those organizations are Oscar Bogran, Obaro Ene, Rae’ Frasier, Kristi Isabella, Mallory Schultz, Dha’Sean Serrano and Elona Hope Mitchell-Strong. The project team that worked with the artists and the organizations in putting this all together included CREATE Community Studios, LandArt Studio, Mutual Design and Common Unity. Sponsors were the The Schenectady Foundation (Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge); the Schenectady city government, the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and CapCom FCU.
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