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Lenox restaurant owner leads effort to help keep dining industry afloat

Lenox restaurant owner leads effort to help keep dining industry afloat


Rotterdam native eager to feed vegans at her new restaurants

Rotterdam native eager to feed vegans at her new restaurants


North Adams to swear-in first female mayor

Woman helps growing artists as head of Albany's Lark Street Mercantile

Woman's Albany art now hanging in capital city galleries

Woman's baking hobby inspires her to go pro with Cohoes shop

You can learn to do just about anything these days thanks to tutorials and DIY shows. What started out as a “how-to” lesson for one woman has turned into a dream come true.


Albany woman reflects on long career helping community

You may not know her name, but chances are you have experienced the impact of what an Albany woman has brought to the Capital Region.


Woman 'growing' Cohoes plant business

The benefits of having plants in your home are numerous, but if you don't have a green thumb, a woman has a solution for you.


Albany woman writing children's books to inspire kids

Crystal De Bouse loved reading since she was a child. However, money wasn't plentiful when she was growing up.


Facebook ad leads Saratoga woman on path to opening dream boutique

Shelby Ackley will tell you she never expected to make a living standing in front of a camera and selling online.


Woman's business helps people navigate nursing home decision

Sometimes, we end up doing work that we never thought we would do. It happened to a Schenectady woman, and she hopes what she's doing will now help others when they make one very tough decision.


Woman proud to lead all-female marketing team at Yankee Trails

Erin Duckett grew up in the family business. Her dad started Yankee Trails 60+ years ago. However, as the baby of the family, she never wanted to be in the family business.


Capital Region women who lost jobs to COVID find new path

Where have all the women gone? Millions lost their jobs due to the pandemic, including women right here in the Capital Region.
So what happens to the economy, to families, to the unemployment roles when women are out of work?


Beauty expert bounces back from pandemic by being her own boss

Millions of women lost their job during the pandemic, and bouncing back hasn't been easy. However, one local woman did bounce back after deciding to be her own boss.


Clifton Park woman creates organic haircare line

Mateka Turner has spent most of her life in the healthcare profession, but her passion has been in haircare.


Former Albany VA nurse starts service to help translate medical jargon

How many times have you gone to the doctor, but afterwards were not quite sure of the doctor's instructions? Now you don't have to go to the doctor alone. A new service will send someone with you to turn that medical jargon into plain English.


Upstate woman hopes book shines new light on people down on their luck

How often do you pay attention to the people you pass on the street? Do you wonder how they're doing? What's going on in their lives? A local woman who for years wondered about the people she passed by has turned her interactions into a book.


East Greenbush woman combines pet passion with artistic talent

Diane Bollman-Buyer of East Greenbush has quite the life. "I was a former director of the Allegheny County Office for the Aging. Then I was promoted to New York state. I was the first long-term care ombudsman in the state of New York," she explained.


Albany woman loves to capture joy in photos

Growing up, when it came time to select someone to capture those whimsical family moments, everyone in Tyiesha Ford's family turned to her.


Former nurse's new Albany flower shop blooms during stressful era

By her own admission, Marie Campbell's life is blooming!  She opened a flower shop at 811 Madison Avenue, hoping for something fun to do after retirement, but she did so during the pandemic.


Hudson woman, 80, tirelessly working to feed those in need

Ruth Riozzi is called the "Mother Teresa of Hudson." For years, she's made sure those in need don't go without food.


Woman goes from tough life in jail to owning security company

Staesha Anderson is one of a few female security service owners. Now that she's thriving, she's helping others, too.


Rensselaer cosmetologist discusses tough journey to present day

Chianti Lafortune went from a tough life in NYC to a budding career as a cosmetologist. Now she's made the dream of owning her own salon come true!


Schaghticoke woman living culinary dream with food truck, restaurant

Heather Valade's food truck is called Curvy Girls. It's a fitting name, because what's on the menu is bound to put a few pounds on you.
Valade started cooking in high school, loved it and went on to culinary school.


Ghana-native’s dreams come true with Amsterdam medical practice

Growing up in her native Ghana, Linda Kowalski's life was filled with hardships and few opportunities. Her dad died at 42, and her mom had to work hard to keep things going.


Johnstown police release gruesome new details in funeral home case

Johnstown police release gruesome new details in funeral home case

Gloversville woman now charged with attempted murder in kidnapping, assault case

Gloversville woman now charged with attempted murder in kidnapping, assault case

Man found dead at bottom of Fort Ann cliff

Man found dead at bottom of Fort Ann cliff

Hochul: NY COVID cases drop 66.6% in two weeks

Hochul: NY COVID cases drop 66.6% in two weeks

Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell' rock superstar, dies at 74

FILE - Singer Meat Loaf performs in support of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the football stadium at Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Meat Loaf, whose

Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning comedian, dies at 68

FILE - Louie Anderson appears during the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 12, 2017.   Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely and Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series

New state health commissioner reflects on omicron response so far

New state health commissioner reflects on omicron response so far

Greene County resident concerned as Catskill train trestle deteriorates

The train trestle over the Catskill Creek in Greene County.

Last documents released in Cuomo sexual harassment investigation

Last documents released in Cuomo sexual harassment investigation

Man burned in large Coeymans fire, explosion

Man burned in large Coeymans fire, explosion