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Excitement building over STEM learning

By Marlene McTigue For Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA ─ Something cool is happening in the Capital District. Kids are getting excited about STEM ─ science, technology, engineering and math. […]

RCS seniors sign on after graduation

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS seniors Jacob Alaimo and Jayden Holl joined other Career and Technical Education students recently for a National Signing Day, where both seniors signed letters of intent to […]

Community celebrates opening of third HEARt Ear Boutique location

By Marlene McTigue For Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — The community turned out recently as HEARt Ear Boutique opened its third location, a satellite office located at Southtown’s Optical […]

Marlene McTigue joins Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA — Capital Region Independent Media, which publishes the Ravena News-Herald, is pleased to welcome Marlene McTigue as its new regional director of Client and Community Relations. McTigue is a […]

Ducommun celebrates 175th anniversary

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media COXSACKIE — A crowd of dignitaries assembled at Ducommun Aerostructures in Coxsackie recently to help celebrate, with company leadership and employees, the 175th […]

Paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media NEW BALTIMORE — Those who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle were memorialized at an annual ceremony in New Baltimore on Monday. Each […]

A helping hand for local entrepreneurs

By Marlene McTigue Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Members of the RCS Community Business Association gathered at Rail to River Brewing last Thursday night to hear about help with […]

Inaugural FUN Walk raises thousands for local food programs

By Melanie Lekocevic Capital Region Independent Media RAVENA — Donning bright orange shirts and carrying placards, dozens of local residents set off from Mosher Park last Sunday for the inaugural […]

Voters to consider $54.5M budget proposal

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

CRIM wins statewide honors for journalism, advertising

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

Wrestling: Ravena Fury team duals 2024

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

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

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

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

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

Positively Speaking: Counting the cost

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

Whittling Away: My big idea

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

Obituary: Adam C. Marrone

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

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

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

GOOD NEWS!: Bethlehem Grange celebrates 150-year milestone

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

District announces ‘Top 10’ students in Class of 2024

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

Dual of the Schools

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

Dozens turn out for village cleanup

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

Social Security Matters: Minister wants to maximize Social Security benefit

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

Positively Speaking: Where your feet will take you

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

Whittling Away: A full life

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

RCS thespians nominated for theater awards

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

Track and field celebrates seniors

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

Mosher Park Pool free for town residents this summer

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

Top 5 winners make our community a better place

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

Social Security Matters: Older husband and working wife seek guidance

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

Positively Speaking: Stress with a smile

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

Whittling Away: Now we’re cooking

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

News from the Past in Memory of Harry A. Sturges

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

Department honors Kapusta for 15 years of service

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

Young tech fans showcase their STEM skills

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

RCS track and field athletes soar

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

Customers line sidewalk for Simone’s Kitchen reopening

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]