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ICC to state OSC: Our math is better than yours

By EMILIA TEASDALE KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane Board of Education discussed the electric school bus mandate at the board’s regular meeting February 6. The board also heard the third budget presentation […]

Top 5ive awards seek community changemakers

By MELANIE LEKOCEVIC Capital Region Independent Media GHENT–There are scores of individuals, businesses and community groups that are making our communities a better place, and Capital Region Independent Media wants […]

Clermont hosts Black History Story Hour

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY CLERMONT–The Clermont Historic Site hosted a “Black History Story Hour” at its Visitors Center on Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m. Jane Miller, a Clermont volunteer […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Be My Valentine

By NANCY JANE KERN IT IS VALENTINE’S DAY THIS WEEK, and the signs are here with daylight hours lengthening and bird songs beginning to change as they “tune up” for […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Should I claim Social Security at 68, or wait until I’m 70?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I have a question regarding my SS benefits. I turned 68 this month and work part-time. I earned $28,000 last […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Dreams versus visions

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media I’ve always been a cheerleader for chasing dreams, but sometimes, I miss a crucial piece of the puzzle. It’s not just about […]

Whittling Away: Aging

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media The process of aging fascinates me.  Everything in nature goes through the transition from young to old. It’s been going on for […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – February 15, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald –February 13, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

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 […]

Debate reopens on town’s paper of record

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The town council will take another look at which newspaper should be the town’s official paper of record. The newspaper that […]

New Lebanon offers well testing for residents

By PETER FLIERL NEW LEBANON–Peg Munves, co-chair of the New Lebanon Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), led a discussion and presentation on water well testing and contamination for residences in the […]

Suspect allegedly slashed motel resident

By DIANE VALDEN CLAVERACK—State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Nicholas P. Beer, 48, of Claverack for second degree assault and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class […]

Village backs plan for wider car-bike roadway

By EMILIA TEASDALE KINDERHOOK—The Village of Kinderhook Board voted 4 to 1 in favor of sending preliminary plans for the Albany Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement project to the state […]

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 […]

GOOD NEWS!: Herwick named Capital Zone Teacher of the Year

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS teacher Brandon Herwick was named Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation […]

Vulture culture makes for unpleasant neighbors

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—If you got the strange feeling you were being watched as you went about your business in the Copake hamlet recently, you may have been right. If […]

Acomb headed to state wrestling championship

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS wrestler Jayden Acomb will advance to the state wrestling championships at the MVP Arena in Albany this weekend. Acomb, who […]

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 […]

Police blotter

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

Water: Add a little salt and an anti-depressant…a recipe for pollution

Part 5 By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–Every street and road drains water that works its way into ditches or through the ground and eventually into the water supply. When we […]

New Leb designated a pro-housing community

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–According to Town Supervisor Tistrya Houghtling, New Lebanon is one of the first 20 municipalities around New York State to receive a pro-housing community designation. Simply […]

Business association hosts Marketing Matters event

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media The late, great PT Barnum once said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing!” That sentiment was at the core of the Ravena Coeymans […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: How is my Social Security benefit calculated?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty:  I appreciate your recent article dispelling the myth that politicians have stolen Social Security money. As a CPA, I dispel […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Learning from loss

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Loss is a part of everyone’s life, as common as the air we breathe. It’s one of those things we all face […]

Whittling Away: Daydreaming

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I have been schizophrenic for as long as I can remember. I think everybody is to a certain extent.  I’m not talking […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – February 8, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald –February 6, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

One dead in village fire

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — An unidentified individual was found deceased during an early morning fire Wednesday in the village. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr. […]

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 […]

EDITORIAL: What are we doing?

By PARRY TEASDALE I’M WORRIED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. I’m wondering how are we going to get most of us working together to get out of the messes we’re making with […]

Local housing issues and solutions presented at event

By DAVID LEE COPAKE–Ancram Affordable Housing Committee held the first of what it hopes will be a series of conventions bringing together the expertise of diverse organizations to talk about […]

LIBRARY OFFERINGS: Local libraries give free museum passes

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY HUDSON–The Columbia County Libraries Association (CCLA) ushered in the New Year with a free museum pass program for county residents with a library account in good […]

Obituary: Anthony Gatt

Anthony Gatt, 87, died on Feb. 13, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Greece, he was the son of Andrew and Marie Gatt of Chania, Greece. Anthony loved his family […]

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 […]

College & Military Corner

Sarah Franchini, of Ravena, was named to the fall 2023 dean’s list at Wofford College. Dylan Duvall, a member of the Class of 2027 from Delmar, was named to the [...]

RCS takes 2nd in Section 2 Class CC tournament

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians took second place in the Section 2 Class CC wrestling tournament held in Glens Falls last weekend. RCS scored […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: A Winter Garden of Amaryllis

By NANCY JANE KERN A FEW OF MY “YOUNGSTERS” insist on giving me something for Christmas, so over the years I have told them I would like an amaryllis bulb. […]

PETA offers $5K reward in dog abandonment case

CRARYVILLE—People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) […]

More concerns about 11 Warren St. plan voiced

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–At a hearing in Hudson January 24, Columbia County officials presented plans for the recently bought building at 11 Warren Street while other officials and residents raised […]

The Great Migration and Riverview church

COEYMANS — The next program of the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society, scheduled for Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., will feature retired co-pastors of the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. […]

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. […]

Police blotter

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.

Hecate’s application denied by ORES

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—The legal fight isn’t over, but score this round to the Land of Rural Charm: Hecate Energy’s Shepherd’s Run Solar Project application has been rejected. Hecate says […]

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 […]

Friends group in the works for the RCS library

By Marlene McTigue  Capital Region Independent Media What happens when you get three ex-presidents of the RCS Community Library’s Board of Trustees in a room together? Big ideas are hatched.  […]

Social Security Matters: Will my WEP reduction go away if I continue working?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I’m 63 years old and have not yet started my Social Security. I now work for the State of Illinois […]

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.  […]

Positively Speaking: The obstacle person

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media I was recently reading Norman Vincent Peale’s renowned book, ‘”The Power of Positive Thinking.” In it, a chapter titled “I Don’t Believe […]

Whittling Away: Life is not fair

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Like an old beagle on his daily route around the neighborhood, I have my daily routine to follow.  One of my daily […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – February 1, 1924 – F. E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – January 30, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

County schools face ‘devastating’ budget cuts

By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–“Crushing,” “draconian,” “devastating” and “inequitable” are among the terms that local school superintendents and others use to describe the cuts to public schools funding proposed by […]

Group captures big but mellow range at the Grange

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY COPAKE–The Copake Grange presented the Copake Quintet, who performed a two-set program of Jazz, Latin and bossa nova tunes as well as soft classic rock and […]

Suffering dog left by the roadside

By DIANE VALDEN CRARYVILLE—A dog in distress was deserted by the side of Route 23 in the hamlet, the evening of Thursday, January 25. The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA (CGHS/SPCA) and […]

Austerlitz Board starts the year looking at audits

By PETER FLIERL AUSTERLITZ–Town Supervisor Robert Lagonia and Town Clerk Susan Haag run a tight ship at town meetings along with Deputy Town Supervisor Greg Vogler, and board members Christopher […]

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 […]

RCS facility dogs pass Canine Good Citizen test

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — What a good dog! Make that “dogs.” The RCS school district’s three facility dogs last week passed their Canine Good Citizen […]

Girls’ basketball wins one, drops two

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — In the past week the RCS girls’ basketball team picked up one victory and dropped two games. The win was a […]

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, […]

Darrow School raises $5.7 M to stay open

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–It was brought out at the January New Lebanon Town Board meeting that the Darrow School was in financial trouble and may well close at the […]

Plastic soup: Is mixing water and plastic a good idea?

Part 4 By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–Those of a certain age will remember that in the movie “The Graduate,” Benjamin received the advice of an elder that the future was, […]

Longtime state senator retiring

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media ALBANY — Longtime state Sen. Neil Breslin, D-46, announced his retirement last week after more than 25 years of service. The 46th state […]

Teams are not yet merging at HCSD and CCSD

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–High schools have been merging sports teams across districts, while for younger grades, the head of Columbia County’s Youth Bureau recommends reviving Pop Warner football. Combining teams […]

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 […]

Police blotter

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.

Donnelly seeks to revive Conservation Advisory Council

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — New Town Supervisor Stephen Donnelly proposed reviving the Coeymans Conservation Advisory Council, which was disbanded when former supervisor George McHugh took […]

GOOD NEWS!: Ortiz is 5th in state in weight class among female wrestlers

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The statewide all-girls wrestling invitational may only be in its second year, but RCS senior Alivia Ortiz has already made her […]

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 […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: The Wolf Moon

By NANCY JANE KERN AUSTERLITZ WAS VERY COLD as I watched strong winds blowing powdery snow across the field. Many mini snow tornadoes whirled and twisted in a frenzied dance […]

Suspect found with Quick Mart burglary loot

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy William Newton arrested Duane Thompson, 29, of Copake in connection with the burglary of the Quick Mart/Green Street Deli at 67 Green Street, […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Will withdrawing from 401(k) affect my Social Security?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: My full retirement age (FRA) is 66 and 8 months, which I’ll reach in September 2024. I’m still working three […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Remember when you were young

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Remember when you were young? Anything and everything was possible. You were innocent, you had faith, you were able to believe in […]

Whittling Away: Signs

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media As I slide down the slippery slope of “seniordumb,” I have noticed that as my physical activity level gradually decreases, my powers […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – January 25, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – January 25, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

‘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 […]

Indians wrestlers are Colonial Council champions

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians wrestlers are now the Colonial Council champions for this season. The team clinched the championship after defeating Ichabod Crane […]

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 [...]

Local writer releases Kindle book series

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Roger Wilber of the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society may be known locally for his historical research and restoration know-how, but he […]

HHA waits for feedback from the state on Bliss plan

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) and Mountco Construction and Development Corporation have sent a concept paper to the NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) […]

CMH looks to towns for donations

By DIANE VALDEN ANCRAM—Columbia Memorial Health’s Copake Rapid Care Center at 283 Mountain View Road remains closed and is still seeking public monetary support to get the center up and […]

Water: Of PFAS, PFOS, PFOA and more

Part 3 By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–It is a word salad: PFOA, PFOS, “Gen X chemicals,” persistent, bioaccumulative, forever chemicals, emerging contaminants, regrettable substitutions. These are some of the terms […]

Local students named to fall dean’s list at HVCC

TROY — The following local students were named to the fall 2023 dean’s list at Hudson Valley Community College:

Police blotter

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

Police: Man robbed at gunpoint after responding to dating app

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS —  A man claimed he was robbed at gunpoint after responding to a dating app. Coeymans Police received a report Jan. 24 […]

Board member wanted to be armed at meetings

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–The Town Board meetings usually begin with the first of two public comment sessions, and at the January meeting, there were a lot of comments made. […]

LIBRARY TALK: Fire Cider? It’s the perfect (?) post holiday herbal pick-you up

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY WINTER, A SEASON ASSOCIATED with respiratory ailments, will soon be here. For those interested in alternative remedies from over the counter medications, the Hudson Area Library […]

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 […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: A winter pageant

By NANCY JANE KERN DURING THE FIRST SNOWSTORM of our new year, the eagles were hiding and only crows and ravens briefly came to feed on the deer carcass in […]

Power line construction begins locally for Canada-to-NYC project

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Construction of more than 20 miles of cables in the local area for the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project is getting […]

Wrestlers take 1st, 2nd place in weight classes at tourney

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS wrestlers Kaden Potter and Jayden Acomb took first and second place in their respective weight classes at the Schenectady Wrestling […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Animal heroes

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Early one bright morning, Ludavine, a spirited bloodhound, was let out into the expansive yard for her daily exploration. The property, a […]

Whittling Away: School days

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I found myself with a few spare moments the other day. Telly was dozing on the living room rug, the bird feeders […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – January 18, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Miss Louise Bodden gave a very interesting talk on the life and works of Walter Scott, and Mrs. Harry […]

Long-time police sergeant dies while on duty

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—Hudson Police Department Senior Sergeant Christopher Filli died after suffering a medical emergency while on duty Friday, January 12. He was 50 years old. In a January […]

New Lebanon spars over town job roster

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON – When the new town board gathered on January 2 for their yearly organizational meeting, the typical appointments and yearly resolutions took backstage to a […]

‘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 […]

Obituary: Deborah Griffith

RAVENA – Deborah “Debbie” Griffith passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. Debbie was born on March 2, 1969, in Albany, to Nancy Griffith and the late Robert Griffith.  […]

Addiction Coalition looks at ways to be more visible

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON – The Columbia Greene Addiction Coalition (CGAC) is working with organizations and other stakeholders to support individuals and communities impacted by substance abuse, CGAC’s Executive Director […]

Canaan launches 2024 with new appointments

By PETER FLIERL CANAAN – Supervisor Brenda Adams and the Canaan Town Board launched 2024 with a perfunctory moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by approval of […]

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 […]

Panel looks at King’s 6 Principles

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY HUDSON–Columbia County observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with two events held at Hudson venues, Shiloh Baptist Church and the Lifeforms Arts Center, January 14 and […]

Board revisits hate speech issue

By DIANE VALDEN ANCRAM—The Town Board wrapped up the old year by reiterating its position against “any expression of hate, intolerance, prejudice, or discrimination toward any individual or group. This […]

EDITORIAL: How close is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

By PARRY TEASDALE APRIL 15, 1967, THE SKY was gray outside. I was getting ready to leave. My father came into the kitchen. He was frowning. He said the National […]

County Board finishes up business for 2023

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON – Outgoing Columbia County supervisors and employees received thanks for their service at the county Board of Supervisors full board year end meeting December 27, 2023. […]

Senior Night for RCS Wrestling

EDITOR’S NOTE: The wrestling team is bidding farewell to 12 seniors this year. Here are images of all the graduating wrestlers. Congratulations to all! Special thanks to photographer Gina Pelletier […]

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 […]

Police blotter

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

DEC urges anglers to be safe this winter

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded anglers to be safe when venturing onto the ice this season, especially given recent variations in weather conditions. Outdoor […]

THE CATSKILL GEOLOGISTS: A Devonian Sea Floor

By ROBERT and JOHANNA TITUS We know, we know, we have heard you. You hate shopping at the malls, and you refuse to shop online. The two of us are […]

Hudson students collaborate on two murals with Joe Pimentel

HUDSON — The Hudson City School District has announced the completion of two mural projects, one at Hudson Junior High School and the other at Hudson Senior High School. Led […]

Humane Society lends a hand with animal cruelty case

By DIANE VALDEN CLAVERACK—The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA aided State Police with the arrest and seizure of three equines. On December 4, one donkey, one horse and one mini horse were […]

Town officials spar over Code Red

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The new Coeymans Town Council held its first regular meeting Jan. 11 and sparred over the Code Red system and bringing […]

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, […]

Social Security Matters: If my wife claims now, will it hurt my Social Security amount?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I am 69 years old and my wife turned 70 early last year. I am still working full-time. My wife […]

Positively Speaking: Leadership

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Lately, I have been trying to read more. I bought a book I have been told to read many times, but I […]

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 […]

Whittling Away: Ice skating

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Last weekend, during a quiet time, I found myself with a few minutes to enjoy my favorite form of exercise. It involves […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – January 11, 1924 – F. E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – January 11, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Coeymans Hollow loses a local hero

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS HOLLOW — Firefighters from fire companies across the area bid a final farewell to a local hero on Sunday, Past Assistant Chief […]

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 […]

Indians finish 9th in Jamie Mormile Tournament

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Indians’ wrestling team took ninth place in the annual Jamie Mormile Invitational Tournament on their home mat. Senior Kaden […]

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 […]

Village’s lead, copper water pipe report continues

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The village is continuing to compile data on lead water services lines running from the village’s water supply into local homes. […]

Murell gives State of the County at first meeting in 2024

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON – The Columbia County Board of Supervisors appointed officials for the year, Chairman Matt Murell (Stockport) reported the State of the County, and local officials – […]

Kinderhook hopes new funds lead to better water

By EMILIA TEASDALE VALATIE–The Kinderhook Town Board is moving forward with the Water Infrastructure Improvement Project after awarding the contract for the work at the board’s December meeting. According to […]

Water: getting the lead out; benefits outweigh costs 35:1

Part 2 By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–For a long time, scientists have known that there is no safe level of lead that humans can ingest. The use of lead in […]

Long-time police sergeant dies while on duty

HUDSON—The Hudson Police Department issued the following press release, today, January 13: It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that the City of Hudson Police Department announces the untimely […]

Public hearings on solar project called off indefinitely

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—The in-person and virtual public hearings that were slated to take place this week on Hecate Energy’s contentious mega solar project called Shepherd’s Run, have been postponed […]

New Kinderhook justice sworn in

David Kolb was sworn in as the Town of Kinderhook’s new Town Justice on January 1 at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building in Valatie. Pictured are Justice Kolb (l) [...]

THE CATSKILL GEOLOGISTS: Fossil fish displayed on Warren Street

By ROBERT and JOHANNA TITUS IT’S JUST PAST THE PEAK OF GIFT BUYING and time for doing some fact finding about all that shopping. A very good place for you […]

Police blotter

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

LOCAL EVENTS: Screenwriter’s daughter talks about “High Noon” at screening

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY THE CRANDELL THEATRE SPONSORED a showing of “High Noon,” the 1952 multi-Oscar nominated western, on December 9. The screenplay for the movie, starring Gary Cooper as […]

MY VIEW: Weight loss journey

By Warren Dews Jr. Capital Region Independent Media Editor’s Note: We are pleased to bring our readers a series about the weight loss journey of Warren Dews Jr. He is […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Will my friend’s fiancée be entitled to a survivor benefit?

By Russell Gloor For Capital  Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I have a very good friend who has cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week. He is 71 years old […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: A comedy of errors

By Toby Moore Capital Region Independent Media Have you ever had one of those days where life seems to be plotting a comedy at your expense? Each step you take […]

Whittling Away: Resolutions

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media It’s that time of the year again, resolution time. A whole brand-new year ahead of us and we get stuck with homework!  […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – January 4, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – January 4, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Medical issue thought to be crash cause

By DIANE VALDEN CLAVERACK—An Orange County man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Route 66 near the Fish and Game Road intersection, December 29 at 10:05 a.m. Columbia 911 […]

CCPR talks fentanyl at New Leb Wellness

By PETER FLIERL NEW LEBANON – Frank Marshall, CASAC-2, represented Columbia County Pathways to Recovery at the First Annual Health & Wellness Fair held at the Fire House in New […]

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 […]

RCS community selects new Ravens logo

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS school district has chosen a new name and mascot, and now they’ve got a new logo, too. And it […]

Artists celebrate Goldstein Gallery, closing in January

By DAVID LEE CHATHAM – Joyce Goldstein was the proprietor of the Goldstein Gallery in the Village of Chatham since 2005. Her death on September 23 leaves an empty space […]

RCS Artist of the Month

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Juliana Fahey was named Artist of the Month at RCS High School for November. Artist of the Month is an RCS High School program that acknowledges an art […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Aging, and not good at it

By NANCY JANE KERN ONE OF MY BIRD-LOVING FRIENDS understands things to help us as we age and sent me a wonderful present via Amazon: a heated mattress pad. This […]

Water, water everywhere, but is it safe to drink?

Introduction to a series By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT – Leonardo da Vinci knew; he said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Likewise, in 2002 the United Nations […]

County passes 2024 budget with 1.4% increase

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON – The Columbia County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s budget for 2024 at its full board meeting December 13. The budget appropriates $172.4 million to […]

60 acres gone and maybe Hecate too

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—In a significant turn of events, 60 acres of farmland that was supposed to be part of Hecate Energy’s controversial Shepherd’s Run Solar project has been sold […]

New town officials take oaths of office

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The town council saw a major political shift on New Year’s Day when three new officials took their oaths of office. […]

Heavy snow may be on the way

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media ALBANY — Winter has been relatively mild so far, but that is expected to change this weekend. A winter storm watch is in […]

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 […]

Police blotter

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – December 28, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – December 26, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Are spousal benefits always a factor?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: Both my wife and I have worked our entire lives. When we retire, will we both be entitled to full […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Better late than never

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media We all possess many talents and gifts that vary from one person to another. While some gifts blossom early and visibly, others […]

Whittling Away: Creative resolutions

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Already a new year is here, seems like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2022.  I remember as a small child […]

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, […]

Varsity girls, JV boys compete in RCS wrestling tournament

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians hosted a tournament prior to the winter break for the varsity girls wrestling team and junior varsity boys. The […]

Police blotter

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

Hudson Hall and Operation Unite celebrate Kwanzaa

By DAVID LEE HUDSON – On Saturday, December 16 there was a Kwanzaa Umoja Community Celebration in Hudson, a co-production of Hudson Hall and Operation Unite, NY. Umoja is a […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: A Half Christmas Bird Count

By NANCY JANE KERN DECEMBER 16, 2023, BEGAN the 124th National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season which continues through January 5, 2024. I called it a half CBC […]

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 1

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Columbia Paper 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 1

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Ravena News-Herald 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 Ravena News-Herald 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 Columbia Paper 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 Columbia Paper 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 3

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Ravena News-Herald 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 […]

EDITORIAL: A few more words about Paul Czajka

By PARRY TEASDALE PAUL CZAJKA, who served this county as district attorney and county judge for many years, was honored by colleagues and friends last week. (See Diane Valden’s story […]

Holidays celebrated in music at New Lebanon CSD

The New Lebanon senior band and the grades 7-12 mixed choir perform at the school's annual Winter Concert the evening of December 12. Valene Synakowski (pictured center) leads the choir [...]

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 4

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Columbia Paper 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 4

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Ravena News-Herald 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 […]

DEC taking over as Carver project lead agency

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now the lead agency on the review process for the offshore wind power project […]

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 […]

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 5

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Columbia Paper 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 Ravena News-Herald 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 […]

Library exhibit pairs art and nature

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — An exhibit on display at the RCS Community Library pairs two unexpected elements — art and nature. Workshops held at the […]

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 […]

One hurt when tractor trailer rolls, blocks both eastbound lanes

By DIANE VALDEN CANAAN—Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters along with Chatham Rescue to a tractor trailer rollover accident with injuries at milepost 21.4 of the eastbound […]

Social Security Matters: I’m 65 and working: Can I collect ex-spouse benefits?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I turned 65 earlier this year and I still work full-time. I was divorced four years ago after 38 years […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Soaring beyond the limits of legacy

By Toby Moore Capital Region Independent Media “Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” This metaphor encapsulates how our beginnings — our families, our environments — can […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – December 14, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – December 12, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Town’s appeal of Long Energy court decision continues

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The town has filed an appeal of the state Supreme Court decision essentially ordering the planning/zoning board of appeals to approve […]

New Lebanon self storage debate continues into the New Year

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON – The December 12 edition of the New Lebanon Town Board monthly meeting started about 90 minutes late, in deference to the Jr/Sr high school’s […]

Short term rentals: To regulate or not? And, if so, how?

By DEBORAH E LANS Part 2 GHENT – As Chris Brown, the Housing Development coordinator for the county, puts it: regulating short term rentals is probably necessary to address their […]

Exhibit shines light on ‘The Church That Prayer Built’

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — A new exhibit was unveiled celebrating the history of Riverview Missionary Baptist Church. The Ravena Coeymans Historical Society held its annual […]

Copake voices ‘Thanks’ many times over

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—Town Supervisor Jeanne Mettler presided over her last regular monthly Town Board meeting, December 14. At the end of the year, she will step down from the […]

Press Release: Offshore wind facilities at Ports of Albany, Coeymans to create jobs, generate billions in economic impact

ALBANY — Proposed offshore wind manufacturing facilities at the Capital Region’s major marine ports will bring an influx of jobs by the thousands while adding billions to the local economy, […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: The Woodpile

By NANCY JANE KERN IT SEEMED LIKE A HUGE PART of our lives revolved around the woodpile. As a neighbor once remarked, he never knew anyone who worked harder than […]

Ancram Opera House becomes Ancram Center for the Arts

ANCRAM – Reflecting its growth as a regional creative hub serving the Hudson Valley, Berkshires and Litchfield County, Ancram Opera House is taking on the new name of Ancram Center […]

Hudson celebrates Hanukkah and meets new Rabbi

By DAVID LEE HUDSON–The fourth candle of a tall menorah was lit on December 10 at 7th Street Park in Hudson by Rabbi Mendel Kremer (see front page). It was […]

Fire Company begins mascot search with Chatham Media Arts Class

SPENCERTOWN – The Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company (SFC) has announced that their Recruiting and Retention Committee (RRC) is working with Chatham High School’s Media Arts Class to develop a mascot. […]

Reward offered for man missing since summer

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—A $2,500 cash reward is offered for a man who has been missing since Thursday, July 6. The latest bulletin on Robert J. Coons, 63, comes in […]

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 […]

Climate Change forum reaches across county borders

By DOUG LA ROCQUE GREENPORT – Climate change is in the news almost daily now in one form or another. From the federal government on down to local municipalities, it […]

Short term rentals – good, bad or all of the above?

By DEBORAH E. LANS Part 1 GHENT – To generate heat on a cold night this winter, start a conversation about short term rentals (STRs). Most everyone has an opinion […]

Crowd spills out into street for Carver hearing

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — A public hearing for a proposed Carver Companies project drew so many people that the crowd spilled out into the street. […]

Lunch with Santa brings out a crowd

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS HOLLOW — With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, Santa Claus was able to take time out from his busy schedule […]

Officials and friends laud DA Czajka for his long service

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—It was a ceremony befitting a man who has spent the past four decades serving the people of Columbia County. Former public defender, former county judge and […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Things we take for granted

By NANCY JANE KERN THIS PAST SUMMER there were frequent power outages. No worry, it was warm, and the automatic generator was there. One night, the lights went out, several […]

President Van Buren honored on his 241st birthday

By DAVID LEE KINDERHOOK – The annual observation of the birthday of the 8th President of the United States Martin Van Buren was conducted on Tuesday morning, December 5 in […]

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 […]

Kids enjoy sweet treats with Santa

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — If there’s one thing we know Santa likes — other than kids and elves, of course — it’s cookies. On Saturday, […]

RCS Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 16 in Class of 2023

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Sixteen former RCS athletes and coaches were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Athletic Hall of […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Roots & Shoots concerts series persents “Blues Women of the Capital Region II”

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY IT WAS HOT BLUES on a chilly autumn night at the Spencertown Academy on Saturday, November 25. In partnership with the Capital Region Blues Network (CRBN), […]

Fatal accident claims Stockport woman

By DIANE VALDEN KINDERHOOK—A Stockport woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 9H and County Route 25, December 4. Sheriff’s Office Investigator Thomas Merante […]

EDITORIAL: Why does a newspaper look like that?

By PARRY TEASDALE KELLY YOUNG, ANOTHER of our long-term colleagues at The Columbia Paper, has decided to go her own way. Anyone who has seen this newspaper has probably seen […]

Seven votes clinch Kinderhook board seat for Dems

By EMILIA TEASDALE VALATIE—After the County Board of Elections completed a manual recount of the ballots for the Kinderhook Town Board, it was confirmed that Sally Naramore was the winner […]

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 […]

RCS wrestlers compete against Salem-Cambridge

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians headed to Salem-Cambridge for a meet on Friday. Salem-Cambridge came out on top 51-21, but several Indians had victories. […]

Girls’ hoops comes up short against LaSalle

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians’ girls basketball team came up short against the LaSalle Cadets in their second loss of the season. The Indians […]

Round 3: The Woods project in Philmont

By DEBORAH E. LANS PHILMONT – This paper has followed the “progress” of the Woods housing proposal in Philmont since 2022 (stories ran on November 17, 2022 and April 27, […]

Historical Society’s Holiday Open House set for Sunday

RAVENA — The Ravena Coeymans Historical Society will hold a holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1-3:30 p.m. in its museum, located in the rear entrance of the Ravena […]

Police blotter

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

New Lebanon gets $500K park grant

By DOUG LA ROCQUE NEW LEBANON – As most municipalities know, there is grant money to be had from the federal and state governments as well as a few private […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Dottie Rip and the ‘Woody’

By NANCY JANE KERN THIS WEEKEND MY MIND WANDERED back to a warm 1950s youthful summer and the neighbor’s farm I often bicycled to with my friend Barb. It was […]

Hudson alumni making a difference

HUDSON – Hudson Senior High School Class of 2023 graduate Patrick Tompkins has established a positive impact at Olana State Historic Site since being employed by the New York State […]

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 […]

Scam prevention tips offered as holidays approach

ALBANY—The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection announces tips to help New Yorkers navigate the holiday shopping season. This week’s tips are meant to empower New Yorkers […]

Holiday houses light up in Hudson

By DAVID LEE HUDSON – As the holiday season is upon us, a themed village has magically appeared in the Seventh Street Park in Hudson consisting of eight small houses […]

Plans for new HHA buildings go to the state next

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON – The Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) and Mountco Construction and Development Corporation are working on a concept paper outlining their plans for redeveloping land in Hudson, […]

RCS district to begin budget process

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS school district is beginning the annual budgeting process for the 2024-25 school year. School Business Administrator Jesse Boehme outlined […]