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Sheriff’s drug unit seizes fentanyl, makes arrest

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—A Hudson man was arrested on felony drug charges near the intersection of First and Warren streets in the city, May 15, according to a press release […]

Chatham Brewing’s burger named best in the state

CHATHAM—The New York Beef Council (NYBC) invited New Yorkers to celebrate May as Beef Month in New York State at a press conference hosted in Albany on May 15. At […]

Public weighs in on Bliss plans at public hearing

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–This spring the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) and its redevelopment partner are applying for an Empire State Development (ESD) Restore NY Communities Initiative grant to demolish the […]

Hinchey and Barrett work together on shuttle funding

By DAVID LEE HUDSON–A gathering of elected officials from around the county and region convened at the Promenade Hill park on Friday, May 17 for an announcement of a state […]

New Leb school budget passes with tax levy hike

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–Looking at a nearly 9% hike in the property tax levy and needing a super majority of the votes cast on Tuesday, May 21, the voters […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Painted turtles

By NANCY JANE KERN NEAR OUR FARMHOUSE was a small rocky pasture with a shallow pond for the horses. My father said he and his father used a team of […]

New Leb seniors hear from new non-profit in the town

By PETER FLIERLNEW LEBANON–Monte Wasch and Sara Conley from the Lebanon Valley Community Corporation, a new 501(c)(3) charitable organization, were featured speakers at the meeting of New Lebanon Seniors at […]

Wife donates lifesaving kidney to her husband

By DAVID LEE HUDSON—On Friday morning, April 19, in recognition of April being National Donate Life month, a group assembled on the steps in front of the Department of Motor […]

Firefighters quickly squelch grease fire

By DIANE VALDEN CHATHAM—Nine people were provided emergency aid by volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross following a structure fire at 667 White Mills Road, […]

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, […]

Voters to consider $54.5M budget proposal

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by the RCS Central School District. RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — On Tuesday, May 21, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District residents will vote on a proposed $54,578,339 budget […]

Is a pavilion in Ancram’s future?

By DIANE VALDEN ANCRAM—The idea to build a pavilion somewhere on town-owned property has been kicked around for more than a year without much forward movement. Now a pavilion plan […]

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 […]

INSIGHTS ON AGRICULTURE: Agriculture should be praised and supported not put down in schools

By DALE-ILA RIGGS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT where I live (New Lebanon) it is estimated 59% of the graduating seniors plan to go on to college, but fully 41% do […]

County asks state to impose a “stay” tax

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution asking the state to pass specific bills allowing the county to impose taxes of up to 4% for […]

Childcare: Low wages and a flawed subsidy system

Fourth in a series By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–Childcare advocates agree that the dismal pay and lack of respect accorded child care workers account for the staffing challenges the industry […]

CRIM wins statewide honors for journalism, advertising

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media Capital Region Independent Media, which publishes this newspaper, received numerous statewide honors for its journalism and advertising. Each year, the New York Press […]

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 […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Earthworms for a healthy earth

By NANCY JANE KERN LAST WEEK I found my first earthworm and started remembering the importance of these common creatures. As a child, they were prized as bait for fishing. […]

GERMANTOWN HISTORY: The Germantown bank failure

By THOMAS SHANNON, Interim Columbia County Historian “The Rock of Gibraltar is no better symbol of strength and stability than the Germantown National Bank…” – 1928 advertisement in The Germantown […]

Hudson presents $55.6M proposed budget to voters

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–On May 21, the residents of the Hudson City School District will vote on a proposed budged of $55.6 million that runs from July 1, 2024 through […]

CEDC hosts annual meeting on April 30

By PETER FLIERL HUDSON–James Calvin, board chair and F. Michael “Mike” Tucker, president and CEO, presided at the annual meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) during Small Business […]

Man charged with forcible touching at local stores

By DIANE VALDEN KINDERHOOK—State Police in Kinderhook arrested James D. Konderwich, 21, of Hudson for second degree sexual abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, all class […]

Wrestling: Ravena Fury team duals 2024

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — It may be the off-season for wrestling, but that doesn’t mean RCS wrestlers aren’t seeing some action. The school on April 27 hosted the Ravena Fury dual meet […]

MY VIEW: My weight loss journey’s next big step

By Warren Dews Jr. Capital Region Independent Media I had promised to write a monthly article about my weight loss journey, but I got really busy in April and missed […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Widower’s retirement stymied by Social Security’s ‘WEP’ and ‘GPO’ rules

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: My wife passed away four years ago. I want to retire so I called SSA and was told I can […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Counting the cost

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media We’ve all been there before — standing at a crossroads, faced with a major decision that could shape our future. Pacing back […]

Whittling Away: My big idea

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I was having my usual Telly-my-trusty-canine-companion’s sprinkle walk, toast and coffee before the day starts ponder.  A little time to contemplate the […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – May 2, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – May 1, 1889 – S. H. & E. J. Sherman, Proprietors

Helping us hear the little voices: A unique local field guide released

By DEBORAH E. LANS HARLEMVILLE–Well more than one hundred people crowded into a hall at the Hawthorne Valley School on Sunday for the launch of “From the Hudson to the […]

State will pay to close New Lebanon’s landfill

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–What do you do when the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) orders you to close your town landfill, but doesn’t offer as much as a […]

Warner Bros. rides into town for special use permits

By DIANE VALDEN ANCRAM—Frankenstein and his bride will be taking a little spin through Ancram next week. But unlike many who travel through town to admire the countryside, this will […]

Ichabod presents $50 million proposed budget for 2024-25

By EMILIA TEASDALEKINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane Board of Education held a public hearing for their proposed 2024-25 budget of $50,187,013 on May 7 at 7 p.m. before the regular board meeting. […]

HISTORY: Caspar Freeman, Jr. and Sr.: Two Free Men

By BRENDA SHUFELT, HISTORY ROOM COORDINATOR, HUDSON AREA LIBRARY WE LEARN ABOUT the lives of well-known people through historic biographies but what about anonymous people throughout history, especially those whose […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: A dairy farmer ‘retires’

By NANCY JANE KERN MY FATHER WAS a dairy farmer as far back as I could remember starting in the late 1940s. All the local farmers had a cow for […]

Board talks Comprehensive Plan and playground upgrades

By PETER FLIERL AUSTERLITZ–Town Supervisor Robert Lagonia led the Austerlitz Town Board through the routine with a full membership present, including: Greg Volger, deputy supervisor; Christopher Schoeber, member; Cara Humphrey, […]

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 […]

Persico’s Hardware serves up big changes and plenty of barbecue

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — It was free meatballs hot off the grill and a warm welcome at Persico’s Ace Hardware on Main Street in Ravena […]

GOOD NEWS!: Bethlehem Grange celebrates 150-year milestone

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media SELKIRK — The Bethlehem Grange is one of the oldest Granges in New York state and recently celebrated a major milestone — its […]

Chatham board appoints Miles Wheat CHS principal

CHATHAM–The Board of Education has appointed Miles Wheat as Chatham High School’s next principal. His appointment was made effective July 1 to replace outgoing CHS principal John Thorsen, who is […]

The scourge of drug overdoses hits home

By DOUG LAROCQUE KINDERHOOK–Every now and then, a county or a law enforcement agency releases statistics about the amount of drug overdoses they have handled recently, including the number of […]

14-year-old charged with making terroristic threat

By DIANE VALDEN and DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with its investigation into a terroristic threat made to the New Lebanon […]

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 […]

District announces ‘Top 10’ students in Class of 2024

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — It’s been four long years, but with the end of high school in sight, the RCS school district has announced the […]

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 […]

Protesters rally at County Dems event

By DAVID LEE GREENPORT–Governor Kathy Hochul was in Hudson on Sunday, to rally the party faithful at the Columbia County Democrats fundraising event in the community room at the Falls […]

New Lebanon school budget will exceed tax cap

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–If the headline to this report seems dire, that is because the New Lebanon School Board and the district administration indicated at the recent board meeting […]

Road fix spurs need for parking in Copake hamlet

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—The great Copake hamlet road and sidewalk fix-up is coming! But when it gets here, where will everyone park? That is the question weighing on the Town […]

Sportsman’s Association hosts annual fishing derby

By DAVID LEE GHENT–The Ghent Sportsman’s Association, 1128 County Route 9, held its annual kids fishing derby on Saturday, April 27. 134 kids signed up to participate and 102 fish […]

Community comes together over soup and song

By DAVID LEE HUDSON—Standing at the nucleus of the city of Hudson, the First Presbyterian Church located on 4th and Warren Street, endeavors to be at the center of the […]

Child care: The provider’s perspective

Third in a series By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–Basic economic theory says that as demand for a product or service increases so too does supply. Child care seems to defy […]

Dual of the Schools

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Some of RCS’s youngest athletes went toe to toe in the 2024 Dual of the Schools this weekend. The youth wrestling tournament pit young athletes from Pieter B. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Dozens turn out for village cleanup

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media As luck would have it, it was a cloudy but rainless spring morning when over 40 people turned out at the Ravena village […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Minister wants to maximize Social Security benefit

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I want to apply for Social Security, but I want to make sure I get all the benefits I have […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Where your feet will take you

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media As a young boy in the gritty streets of Torrance, California, Louis Zamperini was no stranger to mischief. His parents, Anthony and […]

Whittling Away: A full life

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I’ve had time to realize that I have a very full life. It might be because it contains so many things that […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – April 25, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – April 24, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

RCS thespians nominated for theater awards

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS High School Drama Club received two nominations for this year’s High School Musical Theatre Awards for their production of “Mary Poppins.” The Drama Club’s crew was […]

Riverkeeper volunteers sweep Hudson River shores throughout county

GERMANTOWN–For all who find themselves drawn to the water’s edge when it’s time to unwind – for hiking, paddling, strolling, swimming – here’s your chance to give something back to […]

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 […]

Track and field celebrates seniors

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS track and field athletes had their last home meet of the 2024 season Tuesday and celebrated six graduating seniors. “Today […]

Marè and Moss host exhibit at Lightforms

By DAVID LEE HUDSON–The Lightforms Art Center at 743 Columbia Street is presenting a combined exhibit of the work of textile artist Vilma Marè and musician and visual artist Slink […]

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 […]

Mosher Park Pool free for town residents this summer

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — By all accounts the second joint meeting of elected officials in the town of Coeymans and the village of Ravena was […]

Loaded tanker leaked milk and diesel fuel

By DIANE VALDEN STUYVESANT—Stuyvesant firefighters with mutual aid from Stuyvesant Falls were dispatched for a reported tractor trailer rollover accident at 823 Eichybush Road in the area of Hollyrock Farm, […]

County passes policy on service animals in offices

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–Procedures concerning emotional support animals and service animals are currently topics of interest for the Columbia County government. The county Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking […]

Supervisors ask state to allow Occupancy Tax in county

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The Columbia County Board of Supervisors authorized student work opportunities, like the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and requested state government permission to impose an Occupancy Tax […]

Tax credit aimed at aiding local newsrooms adopted

By DOUG LAROCQUE and MELANIE LEKOCEVIC GHENT–A payroll tax credit designed to support local news outlets was approved as part of the final New York State budget unveiled Saturday. The […]

County awarded $2M for affordable dwelling units

By DEBORAH E. LANS HUDSON–Columbia County has been awarded $2 million to help address the county’s affordable housing crisis, as a result of the efforts of county officials, the Columbia […]

OPINION: He says Molinaro should pay more attention to constituents

In case you haven’t been following the news out of Washington, D.C. (and who could blame you?), Congress is in recess this week – and once again, Rep. Marc Molinaro […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Older husband and working wife seek guidance

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I am 74 years old, retired and receiving Social Security. My wife will be 65 in January of 2025. Our […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Stress with a smile

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media I waited tables for quite a while in my early acting days. It’s a common choice for actors because you can work […]

Whittling Away: Now we’re cooking

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I’m tired, my back hurts, my hands look like prunes, my shirt is still wet. I had a great time!  We just […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – April 18, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – April 17, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

THROUGH THE WOODS: Spring bird migration

By NANCY JANE KERN SPRING MIGRANTS ARE arriving, and the air is filled with the happy sounds of birds singing everywhere. Some of our winter yard birds like the little […]

LIBRARIES: ‘Canned’ foods on display at Philmont Library

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY THE PHILMONT LIBRARY opened the exhibit, “Canned Food For Thought”, Saturday, March 16. The exhibit features 13 works, including digital illustrations, pen and ink drawings, and […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Color Spring Yellow

By NANCY JANE KERN THE RICH GOLDEN SUN melts the winter snow and starts our beautiful spring season of flowers. Our first yellow flowers were the tiny aconite in the […]

Brookwood psychologist faces 65 sexual assault counts

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—A Brookwood Secure Center psychologist who police reports show used her position to sexually assault patients under her care has been indicted, according to an April 15 […]

New Lebanon storage unit law is now on the books

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–After more than a year of discussion, proposals, changes and review of those changes, the New Lebanon Town Board voted Tuesday, April 9, to approve a […]

Ichabod Crane announces several retirements at BOE meeting

By EMILIA TEASDALE KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane Board of Education held a celebration in recognition of school-based volunteers and organizations before their regular board meeting on April 9. At the meeting […]

Department honors Kapusta for 15 years of service

COEYMANS HOLLOW  — Fire Chief Bill Kapusta has stepped down as chief  of the Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation after 15 years of service. Kapusta joined the department in 1993 […]

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, […]

Young tech fans showcase their STEM skills

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media Over the years, the common rooms of the Congregational Christian Church at the corner of Mountain and Main in Ravena have hosted Boy […]

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 […]

Burch sets more records in weightlifting

By DAVID LEE BOSTON CORNERS–Not one to rest on his laurels, Mike Burch has broken another weightlifting record for his age and weight. Competing in the St. Patrick’s Day Classic […]

Pierro to be honored by CCACNY

COPAKE–The Columbia County Association in the City of New York has named Carmine “Cappy” Pierro as its 2024 Distinguished Citizen of the Year. He will be honored at the association’s […]

Happy 200th Birthday Copake

By HOWARD BLUE, Copake Town Historian TWO HUNDRED YEARS ago, in April 1824, the Town of Copake was founded. Under the expert leadership of Kellie Nardin, chair of the Bicentennial […]

Childcare: A workforce issue with financial consequences

Second in a series By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–The workforce shortage is a topic of daily conversation in the county. Businesses, restaurants, healthcare facilities — all are desperate to find […]

EDITORIAL: Support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act

A few short weeks ago, we told you about the newly-formed Empire State Local News Coalition. The Columbia Paper is proud to be a member of this fast-growing group of […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: An after dinner treat

By NANCY JANE KERN WE HAD AN ESPECIALLY wonderful Easter dinner this year. For the first time since I smashed my left leg, and we went through Covid with the […]

Anneke Jans: Life in New Amsterdam and beyond

(Part II continued from the story published on April 4) By CHRIS ATKINS and LAUREN LETTELLIER, Hilldale Town Historians DUTCH WOMEN HAD more property rights than other female colonists in […]

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 […]

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

RCS track and field athletes soar

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — For RCS junior Mary McHugh, Tuesday’s track and field meet against Schalmont and Holy Names offered a first — it was […]

Customers line sidewalk for Simone’s Kitchen reopening

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — Eager customers lined the sidewalk outside Simone’s Kitchen as the eatery planned to reopen Wednesday for the first time in two […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Can I claim Social Security and still work?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I will be turning 63 soon. Can I apply for Social Security and continue to work? Would I be limited to […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Mind your own business

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media A close friend of mine shared a fascinating story about a lady in his family from China who lived to be over […]

Whittling Away: Monsoon season

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I’m beginning to think there may be something to this idea of global climate change.  It seems that our usual spring has […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald –April 11, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – April 10, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

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 […]

Fire department looking for Ravena’s bravest

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The Ravena fire department is looking for a few brave souls. The firehouse held an open house Saturday, seeking new volunteers […]

Obituary: Dennis J. Jones

RAVENA – Dennis J. Jones, 66, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, surrounded by his loving family, after fighting a long, hard battle with cancer. Dennis […]

DA indicts on weapons and drug charges

By DIANE VALDEN GALLATIN—Two individuals were indicted on charges related to the illegal possession of weapons and drugs, according to a press release from District Attorney Chris Liberati-Conant. March 15 […]

Canaan Town looks at transfer station misuse

By PETER FLIERL CANAAN–The Canaan Town Board led by Supervisor Brenda Adams met the day of the eclipse, April 8. The board held an extended session and passed several resolutions: […]

Getting the carbon out; grants awarded locally

By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–The levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the global atmosphere reached all-time highs in 2023, according to research just released by NOAA, the National […]

Copake holds a very special Town Board meeting

By DAVID LEE COPAKE–On Thursday evening, April 4, the Copake Town Board convened a special meeting in the Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, on the occasion of the 200th […]

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

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 […]

GOOD NEWS!: Ravena resident Mabel Klenk marks a century

By Marlene McTigue For Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — At her spacious home on Pulver Avenue in Ravena, 100-year-old Mabel Klenk accepts visitors. Her hair is white now and she […]

Super wants to talk policies on new county security cameras

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The Columbia County Board of Supervisors authorized the County MIS Department to “purchase and oversee the installation of” new Verkada security cameras at nine locations using American […]

Program: ‘A Good and Noble Thing’ and the life of Anna Ward Perkins, M.D.

RAVENA — On Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society will present the last of the winter/spring program series. Guest speaker and author Gerald A. Finin […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: When should my wife claim her Social Security benefit?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I just saw an article which said that certain spousal options were going away, but there are still good options […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Market volatility

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Growing up, my dad was a huge fan of author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, filling our home with the sound of […]

Whittling Away: School days

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I drove by the elementary school where I spent the best 38 years the other day. Quiet, parking lot empty and no […]

Bronte Roman, contemporary pop vocalist, to perform at Top 5ive Changemakers awards

By Marlene McTigue  Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — Celebrated Latina vocalist Bronte Roman will once again be the featured performer at Capital Region Independent Media’s Top 5ive Changemakers awards […]

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 […]

Police: Drug house in Greenport closed for business

By DIANE VALDEN GREENPORT—State Police executed a search warrant on Joslen Boulevard resulting in a large seizure of allegedly illegally possessed drugs and firearms by a convicted felon, March 28. […]

It’s budget time in county’s villages

By EMILIA TEASDALE GHENT—The four villages in Columbia County are finalizing their 2024-2025 budget. In New York, most village budget fiscal years run from June 1 to May 31. Boards […]

HHA looks at eviction policy and ‘trespass list’ at Bliss

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–Trespassing, evictions, and redevelopment received attention at the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners meeting March 18. The HHA runs the 135-unit income-restricted Bliss Tower and […]

THEATER REVIEW: Two of Us brings ‘A Shayna Maidel’ to the Grange

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY TWO OF US PRODUCTIONS opened its 2024 season with “A Shayna Maidel” by Barbara Lebow at the Copake Grange, March 22-24. It is a timely choice. […]

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 […]

Eclipse beginning in Capital Region

By Marlene McTigue and Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media Skywatchers all over the Capital Region have been heading outside this afternoon to watch the solar eclipse. While some areas […]

Waste issues top New Lebanon board meeting

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–At the March meeting of the Town Board, it was a case of saving the best for last. Supervisor Tistrya Houghtling mentioned she had gotten a […]

ROE JAN HISTORY: Who were Roeliff Jansen and his wife Anneke Jans?

By CHRIS ATKINS and LAUREN LETELLIER, Hilldale Town Historians OUR LITTLE CORNER of Columbia County is often referred to as the “Roe Jan Region,” and local folks know that “Roe […]

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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 […]

RCS student-athletes wrap up another winter season

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS student-athletes wrapped up another winter sports season, and the results were impressive. “I could not be more proud of how the season went,” said the Director of […]

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 […]

Living on Purpose: Christ is risen and what it means for everyone

By Dr. William Holland For Capital Region Independent Media Throughout history, no one has made a greater impact than Jesus Christ. So, who is this person called Jesus? He was […]

Positively Speaking: Dress for success

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Growing up, my dad always told me to “dress for success.” But I hardly paid attention. I was the kid with unruly […]

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 […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – March 28, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – March 28, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Childcare in the county: The big (and ugly) picture

First in a series BY DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–Two studies issued recently both document and underscore the worsening state of childcare, and especially infant and toddler care, in the county, […]

Obituary: Kenneth W. Fuller

Kenneth W. Fuller, 37, of Ravena, passed away Friday, March 29. Ken was born March 30, 1986 in Albany, NY.  He graduated from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, Class of 2004, and […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: The skunk cabbage

By NANCY JANE KERN I LOVE SKUNKS and saw one foraging in a field just before our weekend snow and ice storm. It lumbered along poking its nose down in […]

TOWN HISTORIAN: Ancient man-made objects found in Copake

By HOWARD BLUE DID YOU EVER WONDER how far back the Native Americans who once lived in Columbia County lived here? Well thanks to an analysis of a collection of […]

GEOLOGY BOOK: They dig into their subject matter

By ROBERT & JOHANNA TITUS THE CATSKILL GEOLOGISTS, otherwise known as Professors Robert and Johanna Titus, have published their latest book, their fifth and newest book: “The Hudson River Schools […]

Police get to the bottom of gun threat to school

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—Hudson Police quickly addressed a gun threat involving a local teenager. March 25 at 9:39 p.m., Hudson Police received information regarding a school threat involving a firearm. […]

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 […]

Record number of kids turn out for Easter Egg Hunt

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Everyone had an “egg-cellent” time Saturday. The annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Ravena VFW Post 9594 drew a record-setting number […]

K’hook aims to update plan, but what about enforcement?

By EMILIA TEASDALE VALATIE—The Town Board approved members to the newly formed Comprehensive Plan Update Committee at their regular meeting on March 4. The town’s Comprehensive Plan is from 2000, […]

Refurnishings: A new beginning

Staff report RAVENA — There is a national foster care crisis in the U.S., with a reported 391,000 kids in the foster care system but only 208,823 licensed foster homes, according […]

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 […]

Hecate hosts community meetings on updated solar facility plans

By DIANE VALDEN HILLSDALE—Hecate Energy has scheduled two community meetings April 3 to tell the public what its revised industrial-sized Shepherd’s Run Solar Project will look like. A Chicago-based developer […]

Christians demonstrate faith on annual Cross Walk

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — A small band of the faithful walked through the village on Good Friday to commemorate the walk of Jesus to the […]

Discover RCS promotes local community

Staff Report COEYMANS — It was standing room only at Yanni’s Too restaurant when the RCS Community Business Association gathered to celebrate the launch of Discover RCS, a multi-pronged community […]

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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

Solid Waste station fees go up

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The Columbia County Board of Supervisors authorized steep fee increases for disposing specific items at Solid Waste stations, action plans on the newly-purchased 11 Warren Street, arrangements […]

Maple producers opened their doors last weekend

By DAVID LEE GHENT–The New York State Maple Producers Association is in the midst of the State Maple Weekend open house, which is actually two weekends, first on March 16 […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Old time planting 

By NANCY JANE KERN IT’S SPRING! We may get a little more snow and stormy weather, but it is time to think about gardens and planting. Snow is called poor […]

Legislative action leaves New Lebanon CSD budget in flux

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–At the regular session of the New Lebanon School Board on Wednesday, March 6, most of the meeting time was dedicated to Superintendent Andrew Kourt’s final […]

Hudson man faces kidnapping, attempted murder charges

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—Hudson Police arrested Orlando Williams, 54, of Hudson on several felony counts, including one count of second degree attempted murder, a class B felony; second degree kidnapping, […]

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 […]

Dirt Central | Chasin’ Racin’: Port Royal Speedway: Speed Showcase Weekend

By Mark Kane For Capital Region Independent Media Well, race fans, it is that time of year again. The race season will soon be here in the Capital District. Race […]

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 […]

Easter Egg Hunt is on its way

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The annual Easter Egg Hunt has evolved into one of the community’s most beloved traditions. Held outside Ravena VFW Post 9594 […]

Community bids farewell to ‘legendary’ RCS coaches

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK —  It’s the end of an era — after creating a “football dynasty” with a combined 100 years of coaching experience, three […]

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, […]

Social Security Matters: How do survivor benefits work for a married couple?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty:  How does Social Security handle the death of one spouse? Say, for example, the husband receives $2,000 per month in […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Plant life

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media They silently witness our lives every day, yet we scarcely acknowledge their presence. As we hustle through our days, our eyes might […]

Whittling Away: March: A ‘tween’ month

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media It’s March. March is not one of my favorite months. Telly, my trusty canine companion, loves the occasional light coating of snow […]

Story of historic boxing match in Boston Corner recounted

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY THE ROELIFF JANSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY was the site of a talk about the 19th century’s greatest champion boxing match, staged in Boston Corner, Sunday, March 10. […]

Kinderhook elects new mayor and trustee

By EMILIA TEASDALE GHENT—All four villages in the county held elections Tuesday, March 19. Kinderhook Village has a new mayor – former trustee Dorene M. Weir ran unopposed. There is […]

Canaan board sets grievance day for April 8

By PETER FLIERL CANAAN–Canaan Town Supervisor Brenda Adams, along with board members David Patzwahl and Will Powers, managed to take action on a variety of town business and upcoming events […]

March showers bring April flowers, and more

By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–It’s warm out there, the winter was easy and spring has come early. Or, has it? The weather has toggled between the 60s and the 20s, […]

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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

Celebrating Maple Weekend in our own backyard

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Every March, New York state celebrates the vibrant maple industry, and local residents don’t have to go very far to enjoy […]

Copake doesn’t look a day over 199

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—The residents of the Land of Rural Charm have much to celebrate as Copake turns 200 this year. Many star-spangled events are planned throughout the coming months […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Ice fishing? What’s that?

By NANCY JANE KERN I HAVE SEEN A FEW PEOPLE out on thinning lake ice in our warmer weather this winter and I think they are crazy to take such […]

Mourners hold vigil for dead child

By DIANE VALDEN HUDSON—Family and friends held a vigil and balloon release for Halo R. Branton the afternoon of March 11 at the Hudson Riverfront Park. The wind was howling […]

LIBRARY EVENT: Two By Two brings creatures to CMS

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY THE FRIENDS OF CHATHAM LIBRARY sponsored an educational program, “Wild World of Animals,” presented by Two By Two Animal Haven at Chatham Middle School, Wednesday, February […]

CMH plans June reopening of Copake Rapid Care

By DIANE VALDEN COPAKE—Columbia Memorial Health issued a press release today (March 21) saying it has met the fundraising goal necessary for reopening the Copake Rapid Care Center. The center […]

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 […]

GOOD NEWS!: Innovation Station builds in-demand tech skills

By Marlene McTigue For Capital Region Independent Media So, what are your kids up to after school on any given weeknight? Watching TV, playing video games? Here in the town […]

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 […]

Two Dems on ballot for two open seats on village board

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Ravena village elections are taking place today, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m. Only two candidates will be on the […]

New Leb’s reassessment is completed, but people may have questions

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–Assessor Kimberly Smith has completed a town-wide reassessment, which means some changes. There are many factors that come into play as to the bottom line on […]

HHA plans get nod from the state, Phase 1 discussed

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) and its redevelopment partner continue preparing their plan to erect new housing, while maintaining existing housing as long as people live there, […]

Ganley opts not to run for re-election

By Marlene McTigue For Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The village board will bid farewell to one of its board members come April. Village Trustee Joe Ganley has opted […]

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 […]

The housing insecurity crisis continues

By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–February brought another report about the housing crisis in the state, this time from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, amid continuing efforts locally to mitigate the […]

Village elections March 19: Many names, few choices

By EMILIA TEASDALE GHENT—The four villages in the county will hold elections on Tuesday, March 19. In three of the villages there are only trustee openings and Chatham, Valatie and […]

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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

THROUGH THE WOODS: Help save our amphibians

By NANCY JANE KERN OUR FIRST SPRING AMPHIBIAN to come to mind is the “peeper,” but it is not necessarily the first to present itself to us, and this other […]

Sups approve continuing telepsychiatry, accept opioid abatement funds

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–The Columbia County Department of Human Services (DHS) received a go-ahead to continue its measures related to telepsychiatry and opioid abatement funds, from the county Board of […]

Local business association sees record growth

By Marlene McTigue For Capital Region Independent Media Around 50 members of the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Community Business Association (RCS CBA) and their guests gathered last Thursday at Patrick Henry’s […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Will my benefit increase if I work while collecting disability?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I will be 64 in March and currently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments. My full retirement age is […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Never say…

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Enemies. We all have them. Some people are your enemy, and you don’t even know it. They may have been motivated by […]

Whittling Away: In case of emergency…

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Having grown up in the middle years of the last century, I was introduced to a couple of phrases or mottos that […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – March 7, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – March 6, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

RCS district clarifies future focus

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — As part of the budget development process, RCS is looking at the needs and challenges of the district moving forward. District […]

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 […]

Faith and community pulled them through

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — When hard times hit, oftentimes it is the support of family and sometimes total strangers that can make the intolerable, tolerable. […]

Alleged sexual predator arrested in Claverack

By DIANE VALDEN CLAVERACK—State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Gregory Brusso, 66, of Claverack for predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II […]

EDITORIAL: State must enact the Local Journalism Sustainability Act

AS OBJECTIVE AND INDEPENDENT news writers and editors, we have an imperative to cover the issues most important to the people of Columbia County. Every day, our team is on […]

Post celebrates Captain Nazario’s 100th birthday

STOCKPORT—The American Legion Post 184 held a party on March 2 for post member and veteran Esther Maria Nazario who turned 100 years old that day.Ms. Nazario was born March […]

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Chinn’s story told as historic sites hope to start a conversation

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY THE MARTIN VAN BUREN National Historic Site and the Columbia County Libraries Association sponsored a talk, “Finding Julia: Centering Black Women in Antebellum History,” at the […]

Two top administrators exit Chatham School District

By EMILIA TEASDALE CHATHAM–Chatham School Superintendent Sal DeAngelo is retiring effective July 1. The board met in January to begin discussing the search for a new superintendent and at a […]

THROUGH THE WOODS: Short-eared owls

By NANCY JANE KERN IT IS A THRILL watching the nimble aerial acrobatics of several football-sized owls. Short-eared owls migrate down from the north for the winter. We think of […]

Water: what can you do?

Last in a series By DEBORAH E. LANS GHENT–As Bard’s M. Elias Dueker points out, the best thing we can do about the safety of our drinking water is to […]

Spencer joins the Spencertown Fire Company

SPENCERTOWN–The Spencertown Fire Company (SFC) has announced that they have officially adopted Spencer the beaver as their mascot. Spencer was created by Chatham High School (CHS) senior Alexis Meyers and […]

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 […]

Forest ranger teaches fire safety lessons

Food delivered to those who need it Barrett supports Rescuing EMS Campaign ALBANY—Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106th) stood with the New York Association of Counties (NYSAC) and legislative colleagues in support […]

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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

Great Migration has profound effect on history of Coeymans

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — A watershed time period in American history directly led to the construction of one of Coeymans’ major landmarks. Riverview Missionary Baptist […]

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 […]

Social Security Matters: Why must I pay into Social Security when I’m collecting benefits?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty:  I am collecting full Social Security benefits at age 72 and also working full-time. Why is the federal government still […]