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Women prepare to march in solidarity one year later

Women prepare to march in solidarity one year later

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Pittsfield woman belts out the blues

Pittsfield woman belts out the blues

Daycare owner's dream is music to her ears

Woman's goal is to help others look and feel their best

Albany woman gives back by spotlighting crafts a world away

Woman helps others realize dreams of home ownership

Bonnie Hayden of Pittsfield still marvels at having her own piece of the rock – her home. It's a miracle she thought would never happen.

Capital Region woman keeps the news going

Meghan Phalen is under deadline. In newspaper jargon, she's putting the paper to bed. As editor of the Greenwich Journal and Salem Press for the past three years, the news has been her life since she bought the publications from the previous owner.

Woman takes comfort food on the road

As the fall temps drop, we turn to comfort food. However, you might be surprised to find that kind of food on a food truck. One local woman is betting you'll like those dishes.

Young chocolate shop owner following in family's footsteps

Family members are often expected to follow in the family business. However, one young woman thought about it long and hard before realizing she could make her dreams come true by keeping it all in the family.

UAlbany Student Association president on mission to change race relations

The best way to change race relations in this country is to start on college campuses. That's what Jerlisa Fontaine, the new president of the Student Association at the University at Albany, believes. She's the first woman to be elected Student Association president in 17 years and the first African American woman.

Skidmore student bringing equity, inclusion and equality to forefront

Skidmore College has launched a diversity series called, "In It." It is a series of lectures and special events that are designed to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus and throughout the community.

Woman 'cooks up' unique path from corporate world to restaurant kitchen

Aneesa Waheed is never more comfortable than when she's cooking at her Troy restaurant, Tara Kitchen. The decor is colorful and the Moroccan dishes are aromatic. However, her beginnings in the kitchen growing up in India and assisting her mom were not so successful -- so she chose a career in the corporate world and headed to New York City. She soon found all that glitters was not gold.

Woman turns single jar into fledgling business

How do you work, take care of your family, but then have time to live your passion? One woman found the perfect ingredient to make it all happen.

Dessert business proving sweet for Kinderhook woman

Marjan Beebe is living the sweet life – and it all started with a challenge from her date after she tasted the apple pie he'd ordered.

Niskayuna teen 'handwrites' big success story

It’s a surprise to many how cursive writing is now considered by some people as no longer relevant. Keyboards and technology are said to blame. While Anna Williams loves to text, this teen makes it her business to remind people that one of the best ways of communicating is with a letter written with a good pen.

Couple foregoes big wedding to help build labor clinic in faraway land

Most brides go for the big wedding with lots of bridesmaids, the expensive dress, the cake, pictures and more. However, an Albany woman decided to give up all of that to help people in a faraway land. She also invited her friends to do the same.

New York State trooper encourages others to join the force

Trooper Lisa MacLauchlin is in her element when she’s meeting people and sharing why she thinks joining the New York State Police is a great job.

Fashion designer vows Capital Region return

We often hear young people say they have to leave the area in order to live their dreams. A young woman is determined, despite these challenges, to come back to her hometown.

70-year-old grandma deadlifting like a pro

She was content to just go to the gym and lift a few weights to stay in shape. That’s until she met a trainer who suggested she try lifting something heavier.

Schenectady woman shares meaningful discovery through art

A Schenectady woman is crediting art with helping her discover who she is and now she’s hoping it will do the same for others.

Woman honors grandma by sharing tea tradition

A Delmar woman is honoring her grandmother by way of a family tradition. It’s a tradition she hopes to share with more than family.

Saratoga Springs woman flying high and serving her country

A local woman literally spends much of her time with her head in the clouds, traveling to some of the far reaches of the world. Now, she’s sharing those adventures in a book aimed at inspiring little girls.

Woman's mission is helping others eat healthily

ALBANY - Sharon Lastique is smiling on the inside. It happens whenever someone orders from her café, Healthy on Lark. She says it's an opportunity for people to choose to eat clean.

GE engineer has dreams of changing the world

They are often presented as victims, as submissive, passive, oppressed women. We are talking about Muslim women. However, an area woman puts all those stereotypes to shame.

Woman transforms true passion into fulfilling reality

For many people, what they do for a living is just a job to them. However, for one local woman, the typical job wasn’t working. It took her a while, but she finally found her passion.

Thousands turn out for Women's March in Albany

Thousands turn out for Women's March in Albany

US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Joseph Crowley, Linda Sanchez

Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Mike Pence

Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama

Donald Trump

Warmer temperatures help ski slopes

Warmer temperatures help ski slopes

Albany County probes bomb scare

Albany County probes bomb scare

Cops: Man was driving 60+ MPH over speed limit

Cops: Man was driving 60+ MPH over speed limit

Crash lands Whitehall woman behind bars

Crash lands Whitehall woman behind bars

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

Charles Schumer,