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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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

Positively Speaking: Starting over

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Starting all over again often feels like carrying the weight of an ending. It’s challenging to move forward when your thoughts are […]

Whittling Away: Routines

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media I’m starting to like routines.  Routines are comfortable — doing the same things in the same order means that all is well […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald –February 29, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald –February 27, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

District trying to whittle budget down to 2.5% tax increase

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

J-Park Ice Bowl: ‘No Wimps, No Whiners’

Competitors help to feed the hungry 18 years running By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The 18th annual J-Park Ice Bowl went off without a hitch as […]

Finneran seeks to challenge Tague for Assembly seat

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

Ancram wins $12K+ to combat invasive impacts

By DIANE VALDEN ANCRAM—Ancram is the only town in Columbia County to be awarded a piece of the $3 million pie earmarked to address the negative effects of invasive species. […]

Summer camp changes coming in New Lebanon

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–During the January meeting of the New Lebanon Town Board, summer camp rates were discussed as well as the provision that children and grandchildren of town […]

County renews contracts for bus service

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–At its February 14 meeting, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors authorized extending its contracts with bus companies to provide public transportation and purchasing a new bus. […]

COUNTY BRIEF: News from the County Board of Supervisors

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG The Columbia County Board of Supervisors gave support to several ongoing programs and services at its meeting February 14. Board Chairman Matt Murell (Stockport) read a proclamation […]

Jolene Race appointed executive director of county Recovery Kitchen

HUDSON–Jolene Race has assumed the position of Executive Director of the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen. She formerly served as director of the Columbia County Solid Waste Department where she oversaw […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: History interpreter speaks on foundation of slavery in NY

By LORNA CHEROT LITTLEWAY THE IRVINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Westchester County presented a talk, “Correcting The Foundational Years of Slavery in New Netherland/New York,” via Zoom on Sunday, February 11. […]

Rescue squad bids farewell to retiring chief

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The Ravena Rescue Squad recently bid a fond farewell to Chief Brian Dunican, who retired from the position after six years […]

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

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

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

Town Board praises longtime historian

By DIANE VALDEN ANCRAM—She was the guardian of town history for nearly three decades. Clara Van Tassel, 85, retired from her post as town historian as of the first of […]

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

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

GOOD NEWS!: Ravena’s Rocket Man soars to great heights

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — In every small town across America, in home offices, at kitchen tables, in basements, in garages and in old barns, human […]

GNH Lumber brings building trades to life for area students

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

Body, Mind & Spirit: Sleeping like a baby

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

The Retired Investor: The chocolate crisis

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

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

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

Positively Speaking: Forgive and forget

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media My mom always said to me, “Toby, just forgive and forget.” I always thought, “Of course, just forgive and forget.” But when […]

Whittling Away: My, how things have changed

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media In spite of my advancing age, there are still those rare moments when things snap into focus. It’s at these times that […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – February 22, 1924 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – February 20, 1889 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

THROUGH THE WOODS: A Messy Woods

By NANCY JANE KERN HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED the style or history of a forest? In the Adirondack Mountains of NY State, there are forest areas where nature has been […]

History as Ecology walk looks at bricks in Greenport Conservation Area

By DAVID LEE GREENPORT–Conrad and Claudia Vispo founded the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program in 2003 as a research and outreach program.The Vispos have led a series of walks in […]

Obituary: Susan B. Carhart

RAVENA – Susan B. Carhart, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. Born in Ravena on April 10, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and […]

Horses of Unbridled: A legacy of compassion

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

Many firefighters put in a busy afternoon

By DIANE VALDEN STOCKPORT—Columbia 911 dispatched the Stockport Fire Department and the Greenport Rescue Squad for a reported structure fire at 1094 Route 9, Tuesday, February 20 at 1:39 p.m. […]

HHA discusses keeping up the old building while planning for new ones

By JEANETTE WOLFBERG HUDSON–At the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners meeting February 12, residents of HHA buildings called for improving and maintaining their current apartments, and HHA’s redevelopment […]

Elected officials gather to plot a course for the future

By Marlene McTigue  For Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Last Monday evening, at the Ravena Village Hall every member of the Town of Coeymans Board and the Village of […]

Police blotter

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A full- or part-time supervisor in New Lebanon is debated

By DOUG LAROCQUE NEW LEBANON–The previous New Lebanon Town Board agreed to change the position of Town Supervisor from part-time to full-time. That has gone unchallenged until the board’s February […]

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 […]

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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

More Than One Hundred New York State Newspapers Form Coalition to Advocate for Local Journalism Amid Turbulent Times and Increasing Closures

Nearly half of New York State’s weekly newspapers have closed, more than 3,000 newspapers have closed nationwide since 2005 NEW YORK – Today, a statewide group of local news organizations, […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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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.

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

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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 […]