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Saratoga Springs woman flying high and serving her country

Saratoga Springs woman flying high and serving her country

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Woman's mission is helping others eat healthily

Woman's mission is helping others eat healthily

GE engineer has dreams of changing the world

Woman transforms true passion into fulfilling reality

Guyana native living American dream

Fierce advocate always ready to tackle life’s challenges

Sometimes, the education we seek comes from many forms. For one woman, the knowledge she gained came not only from her studies, but from unforeseen circumstances as well. However, she says she’s all the better for it.

Woman cuts through chainsaw boundaries with unique art

Anytime you think of someone using a chainsaw, you probably think of a man. However, one woman is cutting through that perception through her amazing and unique art.

Woman’s kindhearted approach helps Watervliet students

Geraldine Ferris is a petite woman, but for the past 20 years, she’s had an extremely big heart when it comes to helping students at Watervliet Elementary School get the best education.

Debate continues over points made in Ivanka Trump's new book

Debate continues over the new book written by Ivanka Trump. It’s called, "Women Who Work." With her stature and access to the White House, some say Trump has the opportunity to help change the workplace for women, but they say her book missed the mark.

UAlbany senior achieves internet fame with haircare videos

It’s a topic that continues to cause debate – the policing of black women’s hair. For years, many black women straightened their hair because they weren’t accepted with their natural hair. Now, there’s a movement to go natural and one woman is helping to lead the charge.

Menands group helps girls get prom dresses

Carol Darmetko said her prom was great. But the memory of what it took for her to get to her high school prom is still fresh in her mind.

Sage College student learns value of volunteering

When Katie Gnirrep graduates from Sage College next year, she'll walk out with more than a degree. She'll also have learned invaluable lessons that will last her a lifetime.

One-stop website brings culture, nightlife to black community

Recent reports say millennials are a group we should all be paying attention to because of their size and influence. They want to live in a place with not only good jobs and great public transportation, but they want a city that offers a culture and nightlife. They’re also quick to start something they feel a city is lacking.

Local woman making name for herself in graphics and printing

Lori Squadere does things in a big way.

Local woman runs to raise money for asthma sufferers

Running is something Pilar Arthur-Snead never, ever envisioned herself doing.

Kids' boutique a vision of beauty

Tantrums Spa and Boutique in Crossgates Mall is a sight to behold. The walls are brightly colored. Music from "Frozen" along with other pop songs bellows from the back of the store. Along with nails, the little girls can dip their tiny toes into one of many basins, while sitting on a hot pink sofa.

Women coming together to celebrate breast cancer survival

A big party is slated for April 8 for a select group of women. It is a group no one would volunteer to be a part of. However, many say they will celebrate life more because they are a survivor.

UAlbany student’s way with words getting noticed by big names

She writes about social issues for MTV, blogs about Taylor Swift, is about to get a job with a big media and financial group and she's still in college.

Capital Region woman helped make civil rights history

Stella Crockett Courtney grew up in a close knit, religious family. But in Lubbock, Texas in the 1950s, not even God was enough to bring blacks and whites together.

Woman leads double-life as engineer, pro-hockey player

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? An area woman is doing both living a double life and she’s making history doing it.

Capital Region fashion models glow on the runways of NYC

A group of local models is still basking in happiness, after having gotten the chance of a lifetime last week. It was the biggest event in their careers and they are ecstatic. They owe it all to one of the area’s top designers, Daniel Mozzes. His fashions are not only seen on the "Who's Who?" of Saratoga but are worn at most galas, teas, and fashionable events.

Bosnian native opens her heart and voice to help others back home

While this country grapples with the issues of immigration, a local woman remembers the war in her native land and still tries to help people there.

Albany councilmember on mission to change face of politics

Sometimes to fulfill our destiny, we have to take the long way home. That's the story of a local woman and she's bringing other young women with her.

Ballston Spa woman offers to plan Disney trip for you

 Want to go to Disney, but don’t have the time to plan your trip? A Ballston Spa woman says she will do it for you.

Bras providing 'lift' in self-esteem for women in need

While the YWCA does a lot for the women living there, it does not give out bras and doesn't accept used undergarments. One woman decided to help by combining the art of writing with the spirit of giving.

'Donut Boy' thanks cops for job well done

Tyler (Donut Boy) even gave donuts to horse officer

Resolution passed banning Log Bay Day on Lake George

Charlotte McCue

McCain's return cheers fellow Republican senators

John McCain

Man, woman found dead in Pittsfield home

Man, woman found dead in Pittsfield home

Loved ones mourn grandmother's overdose death

Loved ones mourn grandmother's overdose death

Trump's political speech to Scouts inspires parental outrage

Trump's political speech to Scouts inspires parental outrage

Kushner, Manafort meet with congressional investigators

Jared Kushner

Teacher contact with student: Inappropriate, but not criminal

Teacher contact with student: Inappropriate, but not criminal

CORINTH - The mother of a Corinth student says her son's 60-year-old track coach was having inappropriate contact with her 17-year-old son.

"There were over 1,000 text messages between the coach and my son. And the coach was telling my son he loved him and he missed him."

The mother, whose identity we're concealing to protect her son, says the coach, Lawrence Nichols, also took her son out for a nearly 3-hour breakfast, and invited him for pizza.

National Grid holding public hearings on proposed price increases

National Grid holding public hearings on proposed price increases

Banners honoring veterans vandalized in Greene County

Banners honoring veterans vandalized in Greene County