Elaine Houston presents a new Today's Women segment every Thursday on NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:30. You can contact Elaine at ehouston@wnyt.com.


90-year-old CEO keeps Middleburgh phone company buzzing

When it comes to phone service, you are probably familiar with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. However, there is an independent phone company in the area that is giving the big boys a run for their money – and it’s run by a 90-year-old CEO.

  • Nearly 100 days in office

    Some say this is the year of the female mayors in upstate New York. Four cities have women at the helm. Today's Women reporter Elaine Houston sat down with the two local mayors -- Albany's Kathy Sheehan and Joanne Yepsen of Saratoga Springs.

  • Animated series may be in her future

    A local woman who created a funny looking dog may eventually have an animated television series. The character is called STINKY DOG and people are loving it--including a producer from Hollywood.

  • The Car Lady

    Don't have time to take your car in for repairs, a local woman will do it for you. She's been working on cars for years and turned her love for cars into a business.

  • Art for the people

    A local artist says you don't have to go to NYC to find great art, she's proof that upstate New York has a tremendous number of  great artists too.

  • Top Woman in Law Enforcement

    Major Robin Benziger is one of the top women leaders in the New York State Police. She is the Troop commander in Troop K in Poughkeepsie. She became a trooper at at time when women were not expected to go into law enforcement.

  • Bacon Treats

    A local woman has gone to the dogs and she loves it. She originally worked in insurance but now she is making animal treats. She started making them following a scare over harmful ingredients in pet food. She worked with Oscar's Smokehouse to use their bacon to make her treats and business is booming.  

  • She boxes memories

    A local woman helps others captures memories. From wedding card boxes to Hope boxes-Jane Fairchild loves to help you capture your memories. She started out giving her boxes as gifts but demand was so intense she soon started a business. 'Wedding Boxes by Jane.' 

  • Local woman hopes to brighten walls with affordable artwork

    You can now own art and still have money in your pocket. That's thanks to Sorelle Gallery in Stuyvesant Plaza and its new rental program. Gallery owner, Sandy Pelletier knows many people like art but that it can also be out of reach for some because of the price.   So this month she started a rental program that includes rent to own.

  • What is your style?

    A local woman wants to help you look your best. Abby Coufal is a style expert. She will come to your home and check out your closet-showing you how to create three or four outfits for each piece. She will also shop for you or detox your closets.

  • Woman uses artwork to stay true to herself

    How many of you even in your chosen careers feel like you don't always fit in? A Washington County woman felt that way. She went on to find a lot of happiness and success.

  • Family hopes transplant will give daughter better life

        This year many will start resolutions-but a Schenectady family hopes the New Year will mean their daughter will get a transplant and a new lease on life. Estanna Brewer is waiting for a call so she can head to DC for a rare small bowel transplant. She's never tasted food --receiving her meals through tubes only.

  • Warren County artist featured in Grammy gifting suite

    A Warren County artist is going to have a hand in this year's Grammy awards. Cyndie Wade owns Custom Creations by Cyndie in Lake George and her business is going to be featured in the Grammy Gifting Suite.

  • Program shows minority females how to become entrepreneurs

    When it comes to female entrepreneurs, minorities lag behind in starting and sustaining a business. But a local woman is hoping to change that.

  • Troy City Council president a 'renaissance woman'

    Many women are multi-taskers and some say that makes them good leaders. Lynn Kopka, president of Troy City Council, fits that bill quite well.

  • Local woman lives passion again

    A local woman had her life all planned out-traveling the world being the top sales person at major companies.  But, then it all ended and she had to find another passion.  So she decided to look no farther than the home of her ancestors.

  • Feeding the hungry and teaching others to do the same

    She's a farmer and a teacher.  Local woman, Leah Penniman has a farm in Grafton where she runs a CSA program for those who might not get fresh fruits and vegetables. But, she also teaches at Tech Valley High, showing her students how to solve real world problems.

  • Woman helps the blind to see

    Not any dog can be a guide dog. It takes almost two years of training.  Cheryl Lawyer of Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a puppy raiser and she helps the blind to see.

  • Shop the jewelry New in-home business is all the buzz

    Tiffany Salisbury loves jewelry, and as much as she loves wearing it--she loves selling it to other women even more.  She's a stylist for the new jewelry line-Stella & Dot.    

  • Her canvas is an ornament

    A local woman couldn't find an acceptable Christmas ornament, so she decided to paint her own. Now, she's shipping them around the world.

  • From Iraq to Albany

    A local woman turns to the military to realize her dream.  Its not her first dream but it's her dream come true.  The military is offering business help to vets.

  • Her life is finally coming into focus

    A local woman has worked at a dozen jobs, but her passion was photography and it wasn't until she moved in that direction that life came into focus.

  • Singing a different tune

    A local woman decides to live her dreams, despite some family objections. Tameka Amar had been a gospel singer but several years ago she decided to sing R and B. However, not everyone was ok with her decision. 

  • She's been there too

    The new head of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, knows what it is like to feel isolated because you're gay.  She felt that way too until she attended a prom as a teen put on by the center. Now, she pushes to help teens have a strong sense of self. 

  • Local women finally enjoying life

    Darlene McGraw has  epilepsy and for years had seizures, but last year she was fitted with a device that has given her the life she's always wanted.

  • Local woman produces movie

      A local woman produces a gritty street smart film in Albany--her hometown. Darkest before Dawn is the movie version of one of her seven books.

  • Mom's loss becomes a legacy in helping others

    She lost her little girl Maddie to a rare condition, but now with the help of friends mom Erin Musto is creating fun days for other kids. It's called Maddie's Mark.

  • From apartheid to Albany Law

    She had to carry an identification card in her native South African during the dark days of apartheid. Today, she is the President and Dean of Albany Law School.  She tells young women never be afraid to go for an opportunity.


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