Esslie-Frenia Law June 2023 Leaderboard

Columns

Events

Health & Wellness

Lifestyle

ALL RAVENA NEWS-HEARALD ARTICLES

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Positively Speaking: Learning from loss

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

Whittling Away: Daydreaming

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

One dead in village fire

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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

MY VIEW: Weight loss journey

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

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

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

Positively Speaking: A comedy of errors

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

Whittling Away: Resolutions

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

RCS community selects new Ravens logo

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

RCS Artist of the Month

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

New town officials take oaths of office

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

Heavy snow may be on the way

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

Social Security Matters: Are spousal benefits always a factor?

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

Positively Speaking: Better late than never

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

Whittling Away: Creative resolutions

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

Varsity girls, JV boys compete in RCS wrestling tournament

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

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 1

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

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 2

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

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 3

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

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 4

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

DEC taking over as Carver project lead agency

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

Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2023: Number 5

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

Library exhibit pairs art and nature

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

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

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

Positively Speaking: Soaring beyond the limits of legacy

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

Town’s appeal of Long Energy court decision continues

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

Exhibit shines light on ‘The Church That Prayer Built’

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

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

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

Crowd spills out into street for Carver hearing

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

Lunch with Santa brings out a crowd

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

Kids enjoy sweet treats with Santa

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

RCS Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 16 in Class of 2023

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

RCS wrestlers compete against Salem-Cambridge

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

Girls’ hoops comes up short against LaSalle

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

Historical Society’s Holiday Open House set for Sunday

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

RCS district to begin budget process

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

Social Security Matters: Planning to claim at 62: What do we need to know?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media  Dear Rusty: My wife (born May 1962) and I (born April 1963) are retired and will soon be looking to start collecting […]

Positively Speaking: The law of averages

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media For many of us, a never-ending stream of worries dominates our thoughts. These persistent fears disturb our peace of mind and impact […]

Whittling Away: Too young to be old

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media It’s almost here! I still get excited about Christmas, I wonder if this will be one of the years that I hear […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – November 30, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – November 28, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Lithium-ion battery ignites motorcycle

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — A motorcycle powered by a lithium-ion battery caught on fire in the village Monday, according to the Ravena Fire Department. It […]

Wrestlers hit the mat in two tournaments

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — It was a busy weekend for RCS wrestlers. Indians wrestlers competed in two tournaments this weekend — the Bethlehem Round Robin and the LaSalle Ladies Round Robin. RCS […]

Parade draws hundreds: ‘This is what small-town living is all about’

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The streets were lined Saturday night with hundreds of spectators looking to usher in the holiday season, Ravena-style. The annual Christmas […]

Dog park plagued by noncompliance

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The dog park at Mosher Park continues to have problems with residents not adhering to the rules that have been put […]

Art contest is final mascot step

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The school district’s switch from the Indians to the Ravens is beginning its final phase. The district’s team name and mascot […]

Social Security Matters: About the fairness of ‘WEP’ and ‘GPO’

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I was married to my ex-husband for 30 years. For 14 of those years, I was an unemployed mom and […]

Positively Speaking: We become what we think about

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Speaker and author Earl Nightingale said, “You become what you think about.” I’ve struggled with this concept for many years. Over and […]

Whittling Away: Christmas Past

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media It’s now the heart of the holiday season and the three spirits written about so well by Charles Dickens make their yearly […]

Obituary: Joseph S. Farinelli

HUDSON FALLS – Joseph S. Farinelli, 81, went into the arms of the Lord on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, at Elderwood in Ticonderoga, after a battle with dementia. Born on […]

13 years of serving struggling residents with dignity

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — For the past 13 years, Helping Harvest has helped provide struggling families and individuals in the area with both food and […]

Town purchases church building for $450K

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The town has purchased the Grace United Methodist Church building for $450,000 for use as a new town hall. The purchase […]

Obituary: Jim Carroll

Jim “Red” Carroll was laid to rest on Oct. 29, 2023, after a long battle with heart disease. Jim was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 6, 1950, to Jim and […]

County releases final, official election results

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The results for the Nov. 7 town and county elections have been finalized by the Albany County Board of Elections. The […]

GOOD NEWS!: Feed Your Mind, Feed a Family makes holidays a bit brighter

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

Senior Projects thanks donors for new vehicles

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Senior Projects of Ravena held a ceremony last Thursday to officially thank Holcim and other corporate donors who helped raise the […]

Social Security Matters: Social Security disability vs. spouse benefits vs. survivor benefits

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I retired from working in June but will not sign up for Social Security until age 70. To do that, […]

Positively Speaking: Power of the subconscious

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media In 1889, the French psychologist Pierre Janet coined the term “subconscious mind.” Janet argued that underneath the layers of critical thought functions […]

Whittling Away: Thanksgiving

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Thanksgiving is high on the list of my favorite holidays. It comes in just after Christmas and way above Groundhog Day.  What […]

Protecting Democracy Through Local Journalism

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

Democrats sweep town council races in close contests

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Republican Town Supervisor George McHugh has been defeated by Democratic challenger Stephen Donnelly in the race for supervisor. There will be […]

Ravena Fire recruiting young heroes

RAVENA — Are you a teenager interested in the fire service? The Ravena Hose Company will hold an open house to recruit junior firefighters and young people interested in the […]

Vote recount to determine supervisor’s race

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The race for town supervisor is so close the results have still not yet been determined six days after Election Day […]

End of an era as Revs. Booth retire from Riverview

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — It’s the end of an era in Coeymans as the Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth and the Rev. Antonio Booth are […]

Election results too close to call

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — With the exception of Coeymans’ representative on the Albany County Legislature, town election results are too close to call on election […]

Indians headed to championship game

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — It was by far the closest game of the season Friday night, but the Indians found a way to win in […]

GOOD NEWS!: Community pulls together to support breast cancer survivors

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — There was a sea of pink making its way through the village when VFW Post 9594 hosted the annual walk in […]

Four on ballot for two town council seats

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media     COEYMANS — Four candidates will be on the ballot vying for two seats on the Coeymans Town Council when voters head to the […]

Social Security Matters: My birthday is on the 1st of the month: When should I claim Social Security?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I will be 62 on Nov. 1, and I have chosen to take my benefits early. I know that my […]

Positively Speaking: Arguments

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media In my formative years, I often chose silence over confrontation, retreating rather than facing the storm. While there’s merit in sidestepping conflict, […]

Whittling Away: Financial savvy

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Watching the news over the past few weeks has me wondering if I followed the wrong career path during my working days.  […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – October 26, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – October 24, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Chili cook-off offers tasty way to help seniors

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — From moose meat to venison to “boomer chili,” there was something for every culinary taste at the first annual chili cook-off […]

Magnolia Circle closed to traffic for spooky yet safe Halloween

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Always a popular destination for trick-or-treaters, Magnolia Circle will again be closed to non-residential traffic this year on Halloween. Each year, […]

Indians steamroll past Gloversville 55-0 in first playoff game

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians won their ninth straight game heading into the playoffs Friday night against the Gloversville Huskies. The Huskies ended the […]

Coeymans’ bravest looking for heroes to join their ranks

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The number of volunteer firefighters has declined nationally, but the need remains — and Coeymans Fire Company is hoping to draw […]

Former Bush’s store to be redeveloped by new owner

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — After standing vacant for about two decades, a local eyesore has been sold and will be redeveloped by a new owner. […]

Collins, Geoghegan on ballot for county Legislature

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Two candidates will be on the ballot Nov. 7 for the county Legislature seat representing Coeymans in the 37th district. The […]

Social Security Matters: Will the family maximum limit my benefits?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I have a question about the family maximum SS retirement benefit. As I understand it, if the breadwinner is drawing […]

Positively Speaking: Personality

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media What sparks the essence of our personalities? Some people seemingly dance through life. Every event, however trivial, is met with infectious optimism. […]

Whittling Away: Telephones

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Telephones are not my favorite thing. Not being one to indulge in frivolous chit chat much, the telephone then becomes a way […]

Historical Society’s final 2023 program: ‘Barent, the Miller, He Pays No Rent’

RAVENA-COEYMANS — This year the town of Coeymans has been celebrating the 350th anniversary of its founding. The Ravena Coeymans Historical Society’s final program of that anniversary is to be […]

GOOD NEWS!: Grange honors family’s half-century of service to veterans

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media SELKIRK — When a veteran returns from service and struggles to reintegrate into the community, perhaps enduring years of difficulties, where can they […]

Indians finish regular season with undefeated 8-0 record

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians’ explosive offense scored a season high of 50 points Friday night to the Ichabod Crane Riders’ 7. The 50-7 […]

Winter 2023-24 RCS sports registration begins

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS school district has released winter sports information for the 2023-24 school year. Please note that not all details, such as coaches, first practice dates, etc., are […]

McHugh, Donnelly vie for town supervisor’s seat   

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Two candidates are vying for the town’s top spot in the Nov. 7 election. Incumbent Republican Town Supervisor George McHugh faces […]

Social Security Matters: How will my wife’s Social Security be affected by her teacher’s pension?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: My wife, born in 1960, was a Texas school teacher for about 10 years and receives a $1,000 per month […]

Positively Speaking: Finding meaning in life

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media A life that exemplified triumph over the deepest abysses of despair is that of Dr. Viktor Frankl. During World War II, Dr. […]

Whittling Away: Feeling contrary

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media   I woke up this morning feeling a little out of sorts.  I didn’t sleep well last night and got up early to […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – October 12, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald –October 10, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Police: Bethlehem schools locked out in ‘swatting’ incident

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media BETHLEHEM — All schools in the Bethlehem Central School District were in lockout following a report of a bomb threat Wednesday. On Oct. […]

RCS survey: Input sought on district’s progress

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS school district has put out a survey seeking input from the community on what the district has accomplished and […]

McCoy unveils proposed county budget with tax rate drop

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media ALBANY — Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy released the Executive Budget for 2024. The $819 million budget includes an 8.3% spending increase over […]

Indians’ winning streak hits 7

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Indians football team continued their winning ways Friday night with their seventh straight win of the season. The hometown […]

RCS’s wrestling stars of tomorrow

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS has a long and proud history in its wrestling program. Many of those high school athletes do not get their […]

Trespassing charge leads to local controversy

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Carver Companies owns the Port of Coeymans and is one of the area’s largest employers, but the company’s growth and impact […]

Social Security Matters: How do disability programs affect Social Security’s budget?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I read with interest an analysis of the history, reasons and financial costs of the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and […]

Positively Speaking: Consistency

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media When you ask schoolchildren what they aspire to be when they grow up, their minds dart to specific professions. One might dream […]

Whittling Away: This will be brief

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media One of my chores as house husband of our castle consists of laundry duty.  It isn’t one of my more favorite tasks. […]

Bethlehem industries to recognize Manufacturing Day at RCS football game

BETHLEHEM – National Manufacturing Day is observed on Oct. 6, and in honor of that day, three of the largest industries in Bethlehem will be at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School […]

Village scarecrow contest puts creativity to the test

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — It’s time to put those creative skills to the test. The village is hosting its second annual “Village of Ravena Scarecrow […]

Brews, Bites & Bands: ‘Ravena’s take on Oktoberfest’

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — They came, they saw, they drank. And ate and partied. The second annual Brews, Bites & Bands event was held Sunday […]

RCS unveils new name: the Ravens

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS school district has unveiled the new team name and mascot. RCS will be the home of the Ravens beginning […]

Selkirk woman faces illegal weapons, child endangerment charges

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media SELKIRK — A Selkirk woman was arrested Thursday on gun charges originating from a report from Child Protective Services, according to Bethlehem Police. […]

Class of 1973 returns to see a new generation of education

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Class of 1973 returned to its old stomping grounds Saturday for its 50th reunion. The reunion weekend was filled […]

Social Security Matters: Federal taxation of Social Security benefits

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: Why are my Social Security benefits being taxed at all? The Social Security FICA payroll taxes taken out of my […]

Positively Speaking: Embracing uncertainty

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Many of us have an innate discomfort with change. Humans crave predictability — from the consistent taste of our favorite drive-thru burger […]

Whittling Away: In Bag Balm we trust

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media By the time you read this, I will be the proud possessor of a shiny new left knee.  I tried WD-40 on […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

Final 350th anniversary events close out year of festivities

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The town closed out nearly a year of festivities this weekend with the final events marking Coeymans’ 350th anniversary. Family Fest […]

Girls’ volleyball team raises funds for cancer research

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS varsity girls volleyball team put their skills to work this weekend to aid cancer research. On Saturday, the team […]

Young girl still missing

New York State Police and Gov. Kathy Hochul held a press conference Sunday afternoon to discuss the disappearance of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena. The child was last seen about 6:15 p.m. […]

Indians hand first loss to Sabres in nailbiter, 14-7

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — When the RCS Indians and the Schalmont Sabres, both undefeated as of Friday night, went head to head, it was a […]

Horses of Unbridled: The emotional tapestry of equine lives: Rahy, Noelle, Ginger and Sweet Pea

By Susan Kayne For Capital Region Independent Media Unbridled is a sanctuary, a place of refuge and a safe haven that offers a reprieve to horses from chaotic circumstances as […]

Supervisor’s Message: 2024 Budget Message

By George McHugh Coeymans Town Supervisor As the town’s chief fiscal officer, it is my honor and privilege to present the 2024 proposed annual tentative budget for the town of […]

Social Security Matters: Nonagenarian war veteran asks about extra credit for his service

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I’m turning 95 this year and am caretaker for my wife in our 70th year of marriage. I served before […]

Positively Speaking: Use it or lose it

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media The maxim “Use it or lose it” is heard so often it’s practically a background track to our lives. But wait! Before […]

Whittling Away: Choices

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media Some days I find myself feeling a little overwhelmed and I long for a simpler time, like my childhood days in the […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – September 21, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – September 19, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Final 350th anniversary event this weekend

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — This year marks the 350th anniversary of the town of Coeymans, and while many of the celebratory events took place earlier […]

DEC announces start of small-game hunting seasons

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the start of several small-game hunting seasons in the coming weeks. WATERFOWL HUNTING New York offers vast waterfowl […]

Friday night football

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Here are more images from the RCS Indians’ game Friday night against Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley. The Indians picked up another win by a score of 41-6. Thanks to photographer […]

Craft fair showcases local talent

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Local kids and business owners showcased their talents at the fourth annual RCS Middle School Craft Fair on Sunday. Typically held […]

Indians’ streak continues with 41-6 win

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians won again on the gridiron Friday night, this time defeating Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley by a score of 41-6. It was […]

The Little Red Schoolhouse Open House, Sept. 24

COEYMANS HOLLOW — The Little Red Schoolhouse Historical Society will hold its third fall open house on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2-4 p.m. The schoolhouse is located on Route 143 […]

Final survey to pick new team name is out

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — After a months-long process and engagement with the local community, the RCS school district is looking to finalize the district’s new […]

Social Security Matters: Will opening a joint account affect my disabled father’s SSI?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media  Dear Rusty: I live in Michigan and my senior disabled father lives in rural Kentucky. His income is part Social Security and […]

Positively Speaking: Conceive, believe, achieve

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media The adage “no one is an island” reminds us that we are social creatures, usually with the need to collaborate and thrive […]

Whittling Away: Where did white paint go?

I went to the hardware store the other day. My mission was simple — buy some white paint. Little did I realize that I was biting off more than I […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – September 14, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: $10 in prizes will be given, $5 for the best costume and $5 for the funniest outfit. Finke’s […]

Lord’s Acre Auction and Fair turns 67

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS HOLLOW — Bargain shoppers and church members gathered at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday for the annual Lord’s Acre Auction and […]

Innovation Station opens doors to a high-tech future

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The Innovation Station held its grand opening Sunday, giving the community its first look at the new technology hub for local […]

Indians undefeated after 48-0 shutout

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Indians remain undefeated after Friday night’s big 48-0 shutout of Green Tech. The hometown team came to the field […]

Residents air concerns over converting church to town hall

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Town hall was packed with residents looking to air their questions and concerns over a proposal to convert the Grace United […]

Police warn of phone scam

BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Police Department would like to alert the public to a scam involving individuals who are calling Bethlehem residents and identifying themselves as a police officer with […]

Obituary: Elizabeth Ann Muldoon

Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Muldoon, 80, of High Point, North Carolina, went home to heaven on Aug. 28, 2023, surrounded by her family after a period of declining health.  Liz was […]

Social Security Matters: Why is my age 70 benefit not higher than my January amount?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I plan to retire in 2025 (the year I turn 70). Given that I’m still working, I’m delaying my Social […]

Positively Speaking: When one door closes…

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media The adage “When one door closes, another opens” often rolls off the tongue so easily it risks becoming trite. Yet, in the […]

Whittling Away: Supermarkets aren’t for wimps

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media It doesn’t seem that long ago as time is measured that I would go in search of adventure during any free time […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – September 7, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – September 5, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

RCS dominates in 2nd game of season

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Indians dominated on both offense and defense in their second game of the season on their home turf Sunday […]

Obituary: Harriet Gill-Miller

Harriet Gill-Miller, 76, formerly of New Baltimore, passed away three years ago on Jan. 8, 2020. Harriet was raised in New Baltimore, daughter of the late Carrie and Frank Gill. […]

Public hearing on church building next week

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — The town council will hold a public hearing Sept. 14 to gauge community reaction to the option of purchasing and converting […]

Whittling Away: Technology

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media There is no question that technology is a good thing. Without it and the search for it, humans would still be hunkered […]

Social Security Matters: When should I claim my Social Security?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: I am 64 years old and still working full-time. My question is — when should I start my Social Security? […]

Positively Speaking: Friend to foe

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media Life has a way of testing us, throwing curveballs when we least expect them. You may find yourself doing everything right, working […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – August 31, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – August 29, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Coeymans Landing restroom bid comes in at $377K

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — Flach Industries was awarded the contract to build a public restroom facility at Coeymans Landing. Flach submitted the lowest bid, coming […]

Homeowners: No sidewalks needed here

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media COEYMANS — A group of homeowners is voicing their concerns over construction of sidewalks in their neighborhood. Several residents on Frangella Drive, Einie […]

History program: ‘Jacob Parish, Who?’

RAVENA — On Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m., the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society will present its first program of the fall season. In keeping with the programs themed around […]

Supervisor’s Message: September update

By George McHugh Coeymans Town Supervisor With nearly 11 inches of rain falling on Coeymans in July, it was the wettest July in recorded history! In spite of the heavy […]

Social Security Matters: What is the future of Social Security?

By Russell Gloor For Capital Region Independent Media Dear Rusty: Is there any way that Congress will vote to pay back the Social Security funds they took and left IOUs […]

Positively Speaking: The power of ‘no’

By Toby Moore For Capital Region Independent Media I’m a people pleaser. I have a tough time saying no. If I tell someone no, I often feel I’m letting them […]

Whittling Away: Diet, diet, diet

By Dick Brooks For Capital Region Independent Media The indicators are starting to appear again, those little arrows that start blinking through my mental fog: “Diet-diet-diet.” I know now why […]

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

News Herald – August 24, 1923 – F.E. Bleezarde, Publisher Coeymans: Ravena: Coeymans Herald – August 22, 1888 – S.H. & E.J. Sherman, Proprietors

Wildlife all around us

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — From snakes to owls to hawks, there is wildlife all around us every day. Mackenzie Roof, the wildlife programs manager at […]

Innovation Station training STEM leaders of tomorrow

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Tomorrow’s leaders in the science and technology fields are being trained right now, and the local community is working to give […]

Va. man returned to NY on Bethlehem arrest warrant

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media BETHLEHEM — A Virginia man has been arrested and transported to New York on charges related to a domestic incident in Bethlehem. Steven […]

GOOD NEWS!: Friendship Festival unites a community

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The Friendship Festival came to Mosher Park on Saturday, uniting a community and bringing together friends both old and new. Now […]

From best-selling sneakers to computers, a back-to-school shopping list

By Tim Farkas Capital Region Independent Media I hated going back to school. I hated having to go back to school. I hated my kids having to go back, and […]

Friendship Festival: Time to make memories

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The Friendship Festival is about more than games and fun… it’s a time to make memories. Village Trustee and festival organizer […]