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Woman organizing food co-op in downtown Schenectady

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YWCA leader an advocate helping women overcome life’s challenges

‘Knitted Knockers’ boost self-confidence of breast cancer survivors

Woman puts pen to paper to encourage depression dialogue

Woman becomes youngest president of Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

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.

Tight ‘knit’ group saves Altamont business

Every day, we hear of businesses closing their doors, but we’ve found a group of women with a business model that just might help business stay in business.

Loudonville woman at her best when helping others

She volunteers and gives back, some say, to a fault. However, a Loudonville woman is in her element when she is helping others.

Female racing analyst hopes to be a trendsetter in the industry

Gabby Gaudet, 25, could be attracting a new generation to racing. In a profession and sport that's traditionally been male, she's one of the few female handicappers and the newest and youngest racing analyst for NYRA TV.

St. Rose professor supports students in and out of classroom

Sister Mary Anne Nelson, a professor at The College of St. Rose, supports her students in and out of the classroom.

Woman with a passion for words turns them into a reality

For poet Danielle Colin, words have always been powerful! Early on, the poems were for her-helping her maneuver through the challenges of life-then other people started listening to the words she spoke.

Local woman devotes life to getting people healthy

Diane Hart, the president and executive director of the National Association of Health and Fitness, has spent 30 years urging people to get healthy.

Play examines challenges of Liberian Civil War

It's a story of anger, loss of dignity, family, and even your name. This Broadway play is called Eclipsed and the tears are real. However, this play won't let you go. It sucks you in. The Liberian Civil War was a conflict where women were kidnapped and abused by soldiers. Actress Angeligue Powell was in high school during the war.

Flip-flops make a hopeful impression to inspire others

A little inspiration is what a group of women in Cobleskill is trying to offer beachgoers this summer. All they have to do is walk.

Woman creates obstacle course to challenge all 'Vikings'

Forget those intense physical challenge shows on television. A local woman has an obstacle course she would love for you to try. It's the Viking Obstacle Course, located about 45 minutes outside of Albany at Sunny Hill Golf Course and Resort in Greenville.

Woman who emerged from homelessness helping others do the same

Our deepest hurts sometimes give birth to amazing things. That’s the case of a Schenectady woman who went through some of her hardest years of her life, only to emerge and help people going through what she did.

Former Essence Magazine editor speaks at Glen Sanders Mansion

Before black women were on the cover of Glamour or O Magazine, they graced the cover of Essence. Started in the 1970s, it was the premier magazine for African American women and Susan Taylor was the editor-in-chief.

Woman credits husband for 'jerky' success

The saying is: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” For a Granville woman, her husband loves her homemade jerky. What she didn’t know is how his love for the dried meat would turn her into an entrepreneur.

Women proving they've got the karate chops

Linda Podrazik loved karate. However, 40 years ago, her gender made it hard for her to even participate. Now, she owns her own dojo.

Lake George woman runs own furniture company

“This year it's the bistro sets. Last year were the gliders and the year before that were the big boys. It just depends on the mood for the season.” Kathy Wallace is not talking about food or restaurants. She's talking furniture, specifically chairs that she makes at Adirondack Cedar Chairs, her company.

Woman credits mentors for ‘Key’ to financial leadership

Standing over six-feet, her height commands that people look up to Ruth Mahoney, but people choose to look up to her because she's a risk taker, her fervent pursuit of her career and her respect for others.

Former heroin addict now helping others who struggle

In recovery for 27 years, an Albany woman now helps others in their recovery as the supervisor of a men’s halfway house in Albany.

Woman creates business to help victims of human trafficking

Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are female.  And even if you may not see it, a local woman says it is happening in the Capital Region.

Women transform home cooking with delivery business

Are you an empty nester, a senior citizen, or a person who's always on the go? If so, two area women would love to cook for you.

Woman leaves cushy NYC executive job for true happiness in Albany

Sometimes, to seek fame and fortune we feel we must leave home. However, as one woman discovered, real success means being happy and she found that happiness in the place she grew up.

Officials: Stepfather facing murder charge in Alkaramla case

Hundreds gather at Empire State Plaza for tree lighting and fireworks

34th annual Victorian Stroll held in Troy

Toys for Tots train chugs through Capital Region

Two houses heavily damaged in Albany fire

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Schumer calls United's low-price fare option too restrictive

The Latest: Official: Warehouse fire victims include teens

Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad

Federal government offering disaster loans to NY businesses