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Chasin’ Racin’: Albany Saratoga Speedway’s future uncertain

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media Over the past few seasons, racetracks seem to be disappearing across the country. Now it has hit close to home, too close. […]

Obituary: Charity E. Blake

HANNACROIX — Charity E. Blake, 53, of Hannacroix, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at her residence. She was born on Saturday, June 13, 1970, in Albany, the daughter […]

Chasin’ Racin’: Fonda Speedway returns after 3 weeks of downtime

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media The Memorial Day weekend usually produces some great racing action in the Capital District, and this year “The Great Race Place,” Albany […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Inaugural Arts in the Park brings arts and community together

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Local artists took their trade to the park last weekend for the first-ever Arts in the Park event. Hosted by Arts […]

Students build a toolbox… and for some, a future

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Warm sun shone down upon the pavilion behind Scott M. Ellis Elementary School in Greenville as fourth graders filed out of […]

Dirt Central | Chasin’ Racin’: STSS Modifieds and High Limit Sprints

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media What a great week of racing as I made my way to the  Short Track Super Series “Battle of the Bullring” at […]

Greenville salutes the fallen on Memorial Day

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — The Stars and Stripes were on full display Monday for the annual Memorial Day parade in Greenville. It was the parade’s […]

Obituary: Linda L. Tanner

DELMAR – Linda L. Tanner, 74, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Gateway House of Peace in Ballston Spa. Linda was born in Rensselaerville on April 27, 1950, […]

Obituary: Ann F. Stevens

Ann F. Stevens, 85, of Watertown, NY, formerly of Greenville, NY, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown. She was born in Oneida, NY, on […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Fedler promoted to general manager, corporate VP

NYVT Media, a division of Capital Region Independent Media, is pleased to announce the promotion of Julie Fedler to the role of General Manager as well as Corporate VP of […]

Obituary: Bonnie Jean Kearney

Bonnie Jean Kearney, “Bon Bon,” born June 25, 1956, in Catskill, passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Raised in Preston Hollow and a graduate of […]

Dirt Central | Chasin’ Racin’: Britten takes home Albany Saratoga win      

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media After a strong start to the 2023 race season, the popular Australian Peter Britten was sidelined with a finger injury taking him […]

The Retired Investor: Unions make headway across the nation

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media The number of U.S. workers who claimed union membership increased ever so slightly last year from 14.3 million in 2022 to 14.4 […]

Living on Purpose: Control your thoughts or they will control you

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media We all know the feeling of having something on our minds that we have a difficult time letting go of. Similar […]

Aging with Grace: Practical pausing

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media I attempt to slow down and  take stock of my life every single day. Important things would get away from me, if […]

Oak Hill & Vicinity: Vernon Haskins 1904-1985

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media A reader recently suggested I write about Vernon Haskins.  Vernon died in 1985, so I never knew him personally, but many […]

Obituary: Adam C. Marrone

Adam C. Marrone, age 59 years young, of Westerlo, NY, passed away suddenly and too soon on April 12, 2024. Born on June 21,1964, in Catskill, New York, Adam was […]

Horses of Unbridled: Whispers from the herd: CD’s journey to friendship

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Readers, In my weekly column, I usually guide you through the inspiring tales of Unbridled Sanctuary, shedding light on the unique […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Top 5ive celebrates changemakers in our community

By Doug LaRocque Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — The community gathered at The Wire event center Friday evening to celebrate and honor the people and businesses who make our […]

The Retired Investor: Real estate agents face a bleak future

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media It has been a month since the National Association of Realtors (NAR) was forced to scrap a system of broker fees that […]

Living on Purpose: Spiritual sign or natural occurrence?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Much of the country recently experienced a solar eclipse. The questions that many speculate about include events like when planets come […]

Obituary: Loretta Marion (Reddy) Lounsbury

Loretta Marion Lounsbury (Reddy) passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024. She was 91. She was born Jan. 31, 1933, in the Town of Conesville, to the late Nelson and […]

Rescheduled St. Pat’s parade keeps traditions alive

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — It was St. Patrick’s Day in April this weekend. Originally scheduled for mid-March on the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, a […]

Panel: The scourge of drug overdoses hits home

By Doug LaRocque Capital Region Independent Media The opioid crisis is a national problem, but one that hits home all too often in the Capital Region. An open panel discussion […]

Top 5 winners make our community a better place

By Melanie Lekocevic, Lorna Littleway and Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media For the second year in a row, Capital Region Independent Media put out the call for nominations for […]

The Retired Investor: The appliance scam

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media If you haven’t noticed, the price of large appliances continues to climb. What’s worse, in a year or two, many find that […]

Living on Purpose: A person is only as true as their word

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media We live in an age that tends to shrug its shoulders when confronted with spreading information that is not true. Instead […]

Obituary: Janet E. Rotzol Boertlein

Janet E. Rotzol Boertlein of Greenville passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the age of 84. For nearly a year, she bravely battled various health conditions — one […]

Obituary: Joan Marie (Jura) Sweeney

Joan Marie (Jura) Sweeney passed away on April 14, 2024, at the age of 89. She was born on March 29, 1935. She married John (Jack) Sweeney on Sept. 11, […]

Tax credit aimed at aiding local newsrooms adopted

By Doug LaRocque and Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media A payroll tax credit designed to support local news outlets was approved as part of the final New York state […]

Horses of Unbridled: Tessie’s triumph from broken spirit to blissful motherhood

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the early hours of April 9, a date graced by the whimsy of the National Day of the Unicorn, a profound […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

The Retired Investor: The immigration battle facts and fiction

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media Recently, several studies, combined with macroeconomic data in both the private and public sectors, have revealed that immigration has benefited the economy […]

Living on Purpose: Do we really want to know God’s plan?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Those of us who have been in the Christian faith for a while joyfully embrace Romans chapter eight as it is […]

Insights on Agriculture: NY Farm Bureau promotes road safety during busy spring season

By Steve Ammerman NYFB Director of Communications Spring planting season is here, which means you may see more large farm equipment out on the roads as farmers move between the […]

Moreau State Park child kidnapper sentenced to decades in prison

By Doug LaRocque Craig N. Ross Jr. will spend the next 47 years to life in prison for the Sept. 30 kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl from Moreau State Park. […]

District adopts nearly $36M school budget

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — The board of education approved the proposed $35,986,371 budget for the 2024-25 school year. The spending plan will next go to […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Greenville athletes take it to the next level   

By Harrison McAneny, 12th Grade For Capital Region Independent Media Being an athlete at Greenville High School is something many students enjoy. However, going beyond the high school level to […]

From childhood cancer to advocacy

Submitted by Greenville Central School District Tatum Lampman’s teenage years started like every coming-of-age story — an honors student, a varsity athlete, and a regular kid who enjoyed spending time […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: Cultivating a grateful heart in an untrustworthy world

By Pat Larsen We have a few choices here. We like choices. Especially since we get so few on a daily basis anymore. We can be grateful for all the […]

Living on Purpose: Pulling down strongholds within our minds

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media The human experience includes the standard requirement to choose right and wrong and has always been accountable when it comes to […]

Soft Paws: Health tips for furry friends

By Charlene Marchand For Capital Region Independent Media A couple of reminders for all dog owners. We are pleased to announce that our Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA at 111 Humane Society […]

OUR VIEW: The time to act is now: Support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act

By Mark Vinciguerra Capital Region Independent Media A few short weeks ago, we told you about the newly formed Empire State Local News Coalition. Capital Region Independent Media is proud […]

Top 5ive Changemakers: And the winners are…

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media With so many eminently qualified nominees, it was a tough job to choose, but the winners of the second annual Top 5ive Changemakers […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Horses of Unbridled: A Mother’s Day miracle: Celebrating new life and second chances

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media For over two decades, Unbridled has tirelessly devoted itself to rescuing the most vulnerable members of the equine population. Regardless of their […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: The fresh canvas

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent  Media What a gift each and every day can be. When the curtains are pulled open each morning and the skyline comes into […]

Social Security Matters: When should we claim Social Security?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I am almost 63 and my husband will be 61 soon, and we are looking to see when our best […]

The Retired Investor: Immigrants are getting a bad rap on the economic front

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media Immigration has become a dirty word among Americans. Illegal aliens take the brunt of the nation’s animosity, for sure, and are vilified […]

Superintendent’s Message: Well-rounded education

By District Superintendent Michael Bennett For Capital Region Independent Media Extracurricular activities have long been regarded as an integral part of a well-rounded education. As a district, we recognize academics […]

Horses of Unbridled: The transformative power of love

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the heart of Columbia County, a tale of despair and redemption unfolded during the unforgiving winter of 2019. On the grounds […]

Tague honors Vietnam veterans

ALBANY — Assemblyman Chris Tague (R-102) last week showed recognition and thanks to two veterans of the Vietnam War who live in the 102nd Assembly District. As the son of […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Cairo man arrested on numerous gun charges

By Doug LaRocque For Capital Region Independent Media CAIRO — A Cairo man was arrested Tuesday and faces numerous weapons charges. Ian Lynch, 33, of Cairo, was arrested following a […]

Legislation aims to save local news

By Doug LaRocque For Capital Region Independent Media The Empire State Local News Coalition, a statewide advocacy group of more than 150 local news outlets and elected officials, rallied at […]

Unbridled Sanctuary: Where magic meets mission

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the heart of a sanctuary, which seems like a portal to a world as enchanting as Narnia, the dawn ushers in […]

The Retired Investor: Eating out is not what it used to be

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media Many Americans are getting a bad case of sticker shock when their check arrives at their favorite restaurants. Higher costs for labor, […]

Living on Purpose: It’s time to do some spring cleaning

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Do you believe there is such a thing as good and evil, God and Satan? When something good happens do you […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

BOE takes wait-and-see attitude on budget uncertainties

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — The board of education decided at its March 11 meeting to wait for final numbers on health insurance before making any […]

Next, it’s Greenville’s turn

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — A St. Patrick’s Day parade has been held in Greenville every year for the past 50 years, and the tradition remains […]

Horses of Unbridled: Libby’s legacy: A new horizon for equine dignity

On March 8, Unbridled Sanctuary commemorated a life that nearly vanished into the shadows of neglect.  Miss Libby, a valiant New York-bred Thoroughbred mare, embraced her 15th year under a […]

St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to East Durham after 30+ years

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media EAST DURHAM — There was plenty of green to be seen in East Durham on Sunday as the community turned out in droves […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Body, Mind & Spirit: St. Patrick’s Day parade is back in East Durham

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media I love a good parade. There’s an enormous sense of community, respect, pride and warmth that is only similarly echoed at a […]

The Retired Investor: No college degree required?

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media In today’s tight job market, many companies are dropping the required college degree. Time was that if you wanted to get ahead, […]

Living on Purpose: When emotions attempt to control us

Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media How often do you hear it’s not what happens to us, but how we respond? We know we will face trials in […]

Obituary: David A. Jennings

David A. Jennings, of Greenville, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at the age of 72. David was born on Dec. 5, 1951, and was a son of the […]

Greenville could see jump in foundation aid

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE —  Many rural school districts in New York state are expected to see a decline in foundation aid if Gov. Kathy Hochul’s […]

Horses of Unbridled: March birthdays at Unbridled Sanctuary

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media As the buds of spring begin to unfold, marking a season of renewal and new beginnings, so too does a remarkable celebration […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Hundreds lobby state legislators to support local journalism

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media ALBANY — Members of Capital Region Independent Media’s leadership team traveled to the state Capitol on Feb. 27 to join with other industry […]

Living on Purpose: Grace that is greater than all our sin

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Since you were conceived God has wanted your attention. He has never neglected or ignored you. If you were to write […]

District trying to whittle budget down to 2.5% tax increase

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — It’s deep into budget season right now, and the board of education has instructed the school district to try to whittle […]

Finneran seeks to challenge Tague for Assembly seat

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media CAIRO — Cairo resident Mary Finneran is looking to unseat three-term Assemblyman Chris Tague, who announced his bid for re-election in January. Mary […]

Horses of Unbridled: Finding family: LadyBug’s path to trust and togetherness

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Amid the fields of Unbridled Sanctuary, a young life of one year frolics freely with her friends. She is a leggy filly […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Oak Hill & Vicinity: How to find information on iron foundries in Oak Hill

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media In the last couple of weeks three people have asked me about where they could find information on the Oak Hill […]

GNH Lumber brings building trades to life for area students

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — There are declining numbers of young people going into the building trades, but the local BOCES program and Greenville-based GNH Lumber […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: Sleeping like a baby

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media THAT was just the teaser. Honestly, the question on the minds of mostly everyone is, “How do we… sleep like a baby […]

The Retired Investor: The chocolate crisis

By Bill Schmick For Capital Region Independent Media Editor’s Note: NYVT Media is pleased to offer a new column, “The Retired Investor” by financial columnist Bill Schmick. We hope you […]

Living on Purpose: Negativity is not cheering for us to succeed

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media I want to begin today by saying how much I appreciate you for being a faithful reader of this newspaper and […]

Horses of Unbridled: A legacy of compassion

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the tapestry of life at Unbridled Sanctuary, every thread tells a story of resilience, hope and the transformative power of compassion. […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Body, Mind & Spirit: Within winter’s stillness 

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media There’s a very compelling silence evident within the days and nights of winter’s presence. Without even leaving your home, you can feel […]

Living on Purpose: Loving God is far beyond religious knowledge

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Our regular readers know this column is about the Christian life, but you certainly do not need to be a Christian […]

Obituary: Bonnie Jean Kearney

Bonnie Jean Kearney, “Bon Bon,” born on June 25, 1956, in Catskill, passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Raised in Preston Hollow and a graduate […]

MY VIEW: My weight loss journey: A path of determination and transformation

By Warren Dews Jr. Capital Region Independent Media Editor’s Note: We are pleased to bring our readers the second installment in an ongoing series about the weight loss journey of […]

Horses of Unbridled: Celebrating 20 years of Unbridled Sanctuary

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In East Durham, amidst the scenic Catskill Mountains, Five Furlongs Tavern buzzed with anticipation. On Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., the tavern […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Oak Hill & Vicinity: What did the CCC and WPA do for our local area?

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media This week I was rereading one of my favorite local diaries from the 1930s: Jan. 20: Lots of snow about two […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: Showing up

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media I’m constantly looking for answers as to why there seems to be so many wonderful activities and programs out there for every […]

Living on Purpose: Do we love sin more than God?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media A few weeks ago, we talked about a man named Achan and how his secret sin was not a secret to […]

Police: Freehold man charged in armed burglary

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media FREEHOLD — A Freehold man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged armed burglary in Westerlo, according to state police. Joseph M. […]

District seeking new principal as Mahan steps down

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — It’s the end of an era. Peter Mahan, longtime principal of Scott Ellis Elementary School, has retired from the district after […]

GOOD NEWS!: Greenville schools’ snow day videos go viral

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media If you decide to head over to the Greenville Central School District’s social channels, you’re in for a treat. The district’s clever and […]

A Valentine for all times: The love between Steve and Kelly

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Once upon a time, for real, in the world of horse racing, there was a valiant and spirited Thoroughbred named Steve’s Adventures. […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.

Backpack program seeking monetary donations

The backpack program at Scott M. Ellis Elementary School is run by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and helps alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing children in […]

Living on Purpose: Calculating the cost of being close to God

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media We talked about taking a stand for Christ last week, but being a Christian is also a walk which in the […]

Body, Mind & Spirit Connections: Crumbs

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media My mind is on one metaphorical track at the moment. Obviously yours is too because you’re curious enough to just keep reading.  […]

FFA Winter Weekend

By Morgan Lounsbury, Grade 9 For Capital Region Independent Media During the January long weekend, Greenville took 25 FFA members to Camp Oswegatchie for their annual Winter Weekend. This is […]

Addiction Coalition looks at ways to be more visible

By Jeanette Wolfberg For Capital Region Independent Media The Columbia Greene Addiction Coalition (CGAC) is working with organizations and other stakeholders to support individuals and communities impacted by substance abuse, […]

Horses of Unbridled: Saving Ijada: A story of compassion and responsibility

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the sprawling landscapes of Texas, where the line between life and death for a horse can be as thin as a […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.

Local students named to fall dean’s list at HVCC

TROY — Local students named to the fall 2023 dean’s list at Hudson Valley Community College include: The dean’s list recognizes those full-time students and part-time students registered for at […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: Music, movement and memory

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media Having the distinct advantage of being able to bring music and movement programs to this community has truly inspired my weekly playlists based […]

Living on Purpose: What does standing for God mean to you?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Many of us want to improve our lot in life. But simply wishing that our lives would change for the better […]

Soft Paws: Rescuing Donny: A tale of hope

By Aaron Clause For Capital Region Independent Media In the heart of a neglectful situation, one resilient soul stood strong – Donny the donkey. Recently rescued with the assistance of […]

‘The Horses of Unbridled’ exhibition gallops into Five Furlongs Tavern

EAST DURHAM – Unbridled Sanctuary announced its highly anticipated fine art photography exhibition, “The Horses of Unbridled,” debuting at Five Furlongs Tavern in East Durham. The exhibition will run from […]

Horses of Unbridled: Second chance sisters: The journey of Lucky and B’s Wild Rush

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the serene embrace of dawn at Unbridled Sanctuary, a day of profound reflection unfolds. It’s Jan. 15, 2024, a day etched […]

College & Military Corner

Ryan Skinner, of Cairo and assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard, received a promotion to the rank of 1st lieutenant. Payton Benjamin [...]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Can you meet the 2024 Fire Tower Challenge?

The 2024 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge has begun. All you need to do is visit the six DEC fire towers located in the Catskill Park, and email the log or […]

District mulls bringing football to Greenville

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — The Greenville school district is considering adding football to the Athletic Department’s offerings. The district has never had a football team […]

Body, Mind & Spirit Connections: Sacred idleness 

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media I believe we, who are among the “busy bees” on a daily basis, do long for those quieter days, in truth. I […]

‘The Horses of Unbridled’ exhibition gallops into Five Furlongs Tavern

EAST DURHAM – Unbridled Sanctuary announced its highly anticipated fine art photography exhibition, “The Horses of Unbridled,” debuting at Five Furlongs Tavern in East Durham. The exhibition will run from […]

Greene County man charged with attempted murder

By Doug LaRocque Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — A 32-year-old woman is in stable condition at Albany Medical Center at press time after being shot in the pelvis Sunday […]

Horses of Unbridled: Echoes of equine elegance: A visual odyssey at Five Furlongs

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the quaint Greene County town of East Durham, a fine art photography exhibit is unfolding that speaks volumes about the majestic […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Oak Hill & Vicinity: History and the news

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media If you follow this column, you know I look for information that tells me more about the past in Oak Hill […]

Body, Mind & Spirit Connections: Honoring the agreement we made

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media We love our fur babies with a fury that our own kids wished we had for them. My kids have even wondered, […]

Living on Purpose: Does the sin we commit in secret only hurt us?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media The sin of Achan found in Joshua 6:17-19 is a powerful example of how one person committing evil in private can […]

Outdoor sports enthusiasts warned of winter weather conditions

Unpredictable winter weather and recent storms in backcountry areas are creating variable conditions, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced last week. Visitors should be […]

One student’s opinion: Studying struggles

By Aurora Anderson, 11th Grade For Capital Region Independent Media Editor’s Note: The Greenville Pioneer is pleased to present news articles written by Greenville High School students in teacher Chris […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Canine influenza vaccine clinics in January, February

HUDSON — The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA will be hosting two canine influenza vaccine clinics in January and February. To properly vaccinate dogs against canine influenza, dogs require two vaccinations two […]

Living on Purpose: Loving God is knowing His will and doing it

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Most of us have heard the 1969 song, “More Today Than Yesterday” by the band Spiral Staircase. The chorus says, “I […]

Superintendent’s Message: Delays and snow days

By Michael Bennett For Capital Region Independent Media With winter weather on its way, I thought it would be advantageous to explain how delay and cancellation decisions are made here […]

Horses of Unbridled: A forever pasture: The Unbridled journey of Hoss & Little Joe

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the lush expanse of a nearby farm homestead, Hoss and Little Joe, two resilient Haflingers, graze contentedly in a place they […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Bensen sworn in as new town supervisor

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Former town councilman John Bensen was sworn in as Greenville’s new town supervisor at the annual reorganizational meeting Tuesday. Bensen was […]

Body, Mind & Spirit Connections: Juggling

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media Juggling was originally a circus act first popularized in the courts of royalty in 1781 B.C., as is evidenced by a series […]

Living on Purpose: God is not only watching, He intervenes

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Late one stormy London night in 1763, a man filled with despair was determined to end his life. He hired a […]

Obituary: Dorothy S. Wood

DURHAM – Dorothy S. Wood, 74, died suddenly Christmas morning, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023. Dot was born on April 5, 1949, in Hamilton Field, California, to MSgt. Oliver J. Sarnes, […]

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Editor’s note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. STATE POLICE

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 1

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Greenville Pioneer is counting down the top 5 local stories of 2023. We looked at the top stories of the year, those that drew the highest number […]

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Greenville Pioneer is counting down the top 5 local stories of 2023. We looked at the top stories of the year, those that drew the highest number […]

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 3

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Greenville Pioneer is counting down the top 5 local stories of 2023. We looked at the top stories of the year, those that drew the highest number […]

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 4

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Greenville Pioneer is counting down the top 5 local stories of 2023. We looked at the top stories of the year, those that drew the highest number […]

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 5

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Greenville Pioneer is counting down the top 5 local stories of 2023. We looked at the top stories of the year, those that drew the highest number […]

Obituary: August David Guilzon

August David “Dave” Guilzon passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at his residence. He was 81 years old. He was born in Albany, NY, on Aug. 18, 1942, to the […]

Living on Purpose: Is it true we can live in peace?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Have you considered that worry and anxiety is an issue we can control? Many within the medical world agree that stress […]

Body, Mind & Spirit Connections: The devious Christmas gremlins

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media You know who they are. You also know what I’m about to finally reveal openly about these incredibly devious little critters who […]

Greenville HS addressing mental health challenges

By Maeve Lampman, 12th Grade For Capital Region Independent Media Editor’s Note: The Greenville Pioneer is pleased to present news articles written by Greenville High School students enrolled in teacher […]

GOOD NEWS!: Motorcycle clubs join forces to brighten Christmas

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media CAIRO — When you think of the holidays, motorcycles may not be at the top of the list of images that pop into […]

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Town Line Motorsports to host Pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Town Line Motorsports on Route 32 will host Pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1-3:30 p.m. In addition to meeting with the Jolly Ol’ Elf […]

Living on Purpose: We cannot share what we do not have

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Recently, I spoke about a wonderful man who is a member of our church, and if you recall he just turned […]

Grateful Paws: A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors

By Guest Columnist Aaron Clause For Capital Region Independent Media ‘Tis the season of joy, gratitude and giving back. At the Columbia-Greene Humane Society facility, our hearts are overflowing with […]

Obituary: Richard E. Dedie

GREENVILLE – Richard E. Dedie, 72, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. Richard was born in Rockville Centre on July 7, 1951, a son of the late Milton […]

Oak Hill & Vicinity: Neil Kellegher’s memories of East Durham

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media Every time I write or talk as the Durham historian, I invite others to share their stories. For me, and I […]

Superintendent’s Message: Real world experiences in the classroom

By Michael Bennett For Capital Region Independent Media One of the aspects of our school district that I truly enjoy is the opportunity for students to obtain real world experiences […]

Horses of Unbridled: Lisa Hunt’s unwavering dedication to rescued horses

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Amid the peace and tranquility of Unbridled Sanctuary, nestled on the southern border of Albany County in the shadow of the Helderberg […]

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Body, Mind & Spirit: Being the wife of a hunter

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media It’s not just the peace and quiet that I look forward to at home while my “hunter-gatherer” is engaged in early scouting […]

Living on Purpose: It’s never too late to learn something new

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Growing older is not an excuse to stop advancing in our faith and our prayers. Confess that you have energy and […]

Arts group offers another way to shop local

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — If you are looking for another way to shop local this holiday season, check out the artists’ show on display at […]

Rangers rescue injured hiker

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media ROUND TOP — Forest rangers came to the aid of an injured hiker in Round Top on Friday. Rangers responded Nov. 24 at […]

Santa, Mrs. Claus pay early visit to Greenville

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Santa and Mrs. Claus paid an early visit to Greenville on the day after Thanksgiving. The Jolly Ol’ Elf arrived in […]

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GOOD NEWS!: Feed Your Mind, Feed a Family brightens Thanksgiving

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — No one wants to sit down at an empty table on Thanksgiving, but for some families, that is a very real […]

Horse of Unbridled: The Unbridled philosophy of inclusive love

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Nestled in Westerlo, marked by GPS coordinates pointing to Norton Hill, and carrying a mailing address in Greenville, Unbridled Sanctuary defies conventional […]

Living on Purpose: Take a quiet walk and talk to God today

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Jesus Christ loves you, and he desires to spend quiet time with you. Our heavenly Father beckons you to draw near […]

Protecting Democracy Through Local Journalism

Panel Discussion, 11-15-2023 On Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, the New York Press Association held a panel discussion featuring industry leaders in journalism. These local experts were brought together to discuss […]

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HS students put their talents to the test

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Students at Greenville High School tuned up their voices and technical skills to create an on-air commercial promoting Greene County during […]

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Bensen taking over town’s top spot

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE —Town Councilman John Bensen will be Greenville’s new town supervisor beginning Jan. 1. Bensen takes over the town’s top spot from longtime […]

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Holiday Art Show & Sale

GREENVILLE — Sixteen local artists will have small works on display in November and December at the Greenville Public Library Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the downstairs community […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: The mysterious relationships of sisters

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media Having contemplated the direction I would take with this topic for several days now, it finally came to me that I just needed […]

Living on Purpose: We only have one chance to make it right

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media The other day I was speaking with a person I’ve known most of my life, and he asked me if I […]

Obituary: Walter ‘Bud’ Wood

Walter “Bud” Wood passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, at his home with his wife at his side. He was 74.  Born in Catskill on Aug. 23, 1949, to the late […]

District: Free meals for all students beginning Nov. 1

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Central School District announced that beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, free meals will be provided to all students. What does this mean?All students enrolled at Greenville Central […]

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‘Bach, Bagels, Broadway & Beyond’ features guitar virtuoso Robert Secrist

The performance “Bach, Bagels, Broadway & Beyond” will feature live music performed by internationally recognized guitar virtuoso Robert Secrist on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 3-5 p.m. at the historic Gristmill […]

Living on Purpose: Jesus loves the little children

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Last week we talked about how desperately we need to reach all children for Christ, and I still have much to […]

Body, Mind and Spirit Connections: What are the messages that resistance brings?

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media No one likes roadblocks, detour signs, traffic slowdowns, or being told that we aren’t able to move forward due to our own […]

Soft Paws: Blessing of the animals

By Charlene Marchand For Capital Region Independent Media The warm, empowering, prayerful blessing of the animals recently at CGHS/SPCA was filled with hope and gratitude and protection, everyone’s spirits not […]

Cornell Cooperative Extension announces ‘Taste of Twin Counties’ fundraiser

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties will present the “Taste of Twin Counties” Fall Harvest fundraising event on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., at The BARN at […]

Help sought to find missing teen

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing teen Alisha Rodgers. Alisha, 16, was last seen in Albany on Sept. 7. She […]

Horses of Unbridled: The Unbridled experience: Compassion, sanctuary and transformation

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Nestled within the walls of a repurposed barn — once a home to harness show horses and now a sanctuary for rescued […]

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GOOD NEWS!: Trostle is Greenville’s newest Eagle Scout

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Nick Trostle is one of the elite few who has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Trostle’s Eagle Scout Court of […]

Living on Purpose: If the dark side can deceive one generation…

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media A child’s mind is like a sponge that is constantly absorbing more information. This can be a good thing if they […]

Horses of Unbridled: SnowBall: From my perspective

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Hello, world! My name is Snowball, and I’m the tiniest resident at Unbridled, the place I now proudly call home. I want […]

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No charges for police in death of man who caught on fire after being Tasered

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media CATSKILL — Catskill police officers have been cleared by the state attorney general in the death of Jason Jones, who died in December […]

Living on Purpose: God’s love is about forgiveness, not condemnation

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Some of you might keep a close watch on the news, and others may listen occasionally or not at all, but […]

Soft Paws: Preparing dogs for winter

By Charlene Marchand For Capital Region Independent Media The time is here and now to prepare your outside or sometimes-outside dogs for the winter season to follow. Messages about an […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: Please be kind and rewind

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media Yes, back in the day, this was a common phrase used in reference to videocassettes that we rented from local vendors like […]

Obituary: James M. Moore

MEDUSA – James M. Moore, 73, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, with family at his side. Jim was born in Catskill on Dec. 5, 1949, […]

Oak Hill & Vicinity: History of the Greenville Quilters

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media Two beloved members of the Greenville Quilters were honored posthumously last month: Doris Vedder and Dottie Hesel.  Let me tell you […]

Obituary: Velma Powell Kiley

OAK HILL – Velma Powell Kiley, 91, passed away in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, with her family by her side. Born in Coeymans Hollow […]

Albany Saratoga Massive Weekend: Tremont ends his epic racing career

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media The Albany Saratoga Massive Weekend was just that. Friday night started off with a massive number of cars in the pits that […]

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Youth Big-Game Hunt this weekend

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the Youth Big Game Hunt will be held this weekend. Bowhunting seasons for deer and bear began in […]

Living on Purpose: Until one has loved an animal

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Cheryl and I grew up around dogs and when we were married, it did not take long for us to bring […]

Town adopts new dog control law

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — The town council adopted a new dog control law at the board’s Sept. 18 meeting. The aim of Local Law #2 […]

Suspect charged with kidnapping in Charlotte Sena disappearance

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media LATHAM — The suspect arrested in the disappearance of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena has been charged with kidnapping, according to state police. Craig Nelson […]

Hochul: Charlotte Sena rescued after fingerprint found on ransom note

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media LATHAM — Charlotte Sena, 9, who went missing while camping with her family at Moreau Lake State Park on Saturday, was allegedly being […]

Missing girl found safe and healthy

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media Charlotte Sena, the 9-year-old girl who went missing Saturday evening, was found Monday evening and is in good health, according to New York […]

FBI called in on Charlotte Sena search

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media The search for 9-year-old Charlotte Sena continues and state police say they have called in federal and other agencies to aid in the […]

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Heritage Craft Fair, Oct. 1

COXSACKIE — On Sunday, Oct. 1, celebrate the fall season in the Hudson Valley at the Bronck Museum’s Heritage Craft Fair from 12-4 p.m.    On porches, nestled beside the barns, […]

Body, Mind & Spirit: The looking glass of time

By Pat Larsen For Capital Region Independent Media In preparation for two very significant milestones earlier this year, I found that I would often drift off into a state of […]

Living on Purpose: How serious are we about hating sin?

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media We spoke last week about addictions that involve more people than we could imagine, and we should realize by now that […]

Soft Paws: Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month

By Charlene Marchand For Capital Region Independent Media Our CGHS/SPCA is anticipating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of all animals at the shelter on Saturday, […]

Chasin’ Racin’: Friesen picks up his historic 3rd Fonda 200 win       

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media Each week the great racing tradition continues at the “Track of Champions,” Fonda Speedway, as it has since 1953. Another tradition concluded […]

GOOD NEWS!: Heroes Way: A path to reflection and a salute to heroism

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media WESTERLO — When aspiring Eagle Scout Drew Joslin began looking around for a community service project to complete his Eagle requirements, he didn’t […]

Obituary: Rosemary M. Donato

CLIFTON PARK — Rosemary M. (Olcott) Donato, age 76, passed away at Schuyler Ridge Residential Home on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, after a decline in health. Rosemary was born on […]

Community turns out in big numbers on Greenville Day weekend

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — Even threatening skies and intermittent rain couldn’t keep revelers from turning out in big numbers on Greenville Day weekend. The two-day […]

Horses of Unbridled: Love beyond limits: The journey of Laurie and Liam

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the heart of Unbridled, a sanctuary where volunteers tirelessly attend to the unique daily needs of each horse, a captivating love […]

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Heritage Craft Fair, Oct. 1

COXSACKIE — On Sunday, Oct. 1, celebrate the fall season in the Hudson Valley at the Bronck Museum’s Heritage Craft Fair from 12-4 p.m.    On porches, nestled beside the barns, […]

Living on Purpose: Being honest with God and ourselves

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the perception of contradictory information and the mental toll of it. Relevant items […]

Obituary: Dorothy Harriet Hesel

GREENVILLE – Dorothy Harriet “Dottie” Hesel, born Dec. 22, 1936, passed into eternal rest on Sept. 17, 2023, at Albany Medical Center. The only child of John H. “Jack” Piersma […]

Oak Hill & Vicinity: William Hall, Catskill Mountains minister

By Mary Lou Nahas For Capital Region Independent Media About a year ago, Russell Mahan from Utah stopped at the Oak Hill Methodist Church seeking information about William Hall, a […]

OUR VIEW: There is no replacement for quality journalism

By Mark Vinciguerra President, Capital Region Independent Media Across the country, quality journalism is critical for sharing important news affecting our society. Through their timely reporting, journalists play a uniquely […]

Rescued from the brink: On Demand’s journey to a life of dignity

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In the heart of the Thoroughbred world, where legends are born, a remarkable story unfolded – one of resilience, compassion, and the […]

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Pavilion: ‘A beautiful testament to love, resilience and community spirit’

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media GREENVILLE — The Ingalls family unveiled the new pavilion at Vanderbilt Town Park, built in honor of family members who came before them. […]

Living on Purpose: Darkness can never overcome God’s light

By Dr. Willliam Holland For Capital Region Independent Media There is a lot of talk today about the reality of a global system of organized evil that controls the governments […]

Be A Better Gardener: Fall lawn seeding

By Thomas Christopher For Capital Region Independent Media Most of us have fallen into the habit of thinking of spring as the season for planting seeds, but in fact, grass […]

9/11: ‘Greene County has not forgotten’

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media CAIRO — The annual ceremony in honor of those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks remembered the fallen and urged the […]

Firefighters show their lighter side in Mardi Gras parade

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — Area firefighters showed their lighter side in the annual Mardi Gras parade, held this year in Coxsackie. The off-the-wall festivities are […]

Communities pay tribute to volunteer firefighters

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — The streets of downtown Coxsackie were lined Saturday with spectators cheering on volunteer firefighters in their annual Dress Parade. Fire companies […]

Chasin’ Racin’: Utica Rome STSS New Yorker

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media Making our way to the Utica Rome Speedway, it was a much different day than promoter Brett Deyo is used to as […]

Horses of Unbridled: Unveiling the hidden struggles of unwanted Thoroughbred mares

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media In a world where