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Erica Smith

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Albany, NY, United States

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Past articles by Erica:

Concerts, comedy shows in Albany, Saratoga

We’re rounding up concert announcements and sharing them here. → Read More

How to plan for the ultimate Capital Region Father’s Day

There are a lot of ways to enjoy Father’s Day in the Capital Region. JLBarranco/Getty Images Dad deserves the best. To help you deliver this Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up the top Best of the Capital Region 2022 winners in relevant categories to help you plan. Eat → Read More

The best places to hike in the Capital Region

Hiking is a great way to experience the Capital Region’s rich natural beauty, and see historical landmarks and other points of interest. → Read More

Cheers: Here are the top wine stores in the Capital Region

You don’t really need a reason to enjoy a nice glass of wine, but today you have one: May 25 is National Wine Day. → Read More

Top real estate agents in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy

For sale/sold sign Paul Bradbury/Getty Images The real estate market is hot. Inventory is low but demand is high. Those looking to buy or sell often turn to a real estate agent to help. For four years, we’ve asked readers to nominate and vote for the best real estate agent in our annual Best of the Capital Region poll. The category first appeared in 2012, then returned starting in 2020. → Read More

National Nurses Week: The top health care facilities in the Capital Region

There are more than 2.3 million registered nurses in the United States, and another 585,000 licensed practical and vocational nurses. Morsa Images/Getty Images Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are indispensable — the pandemic has reinforced that. Nurses make up the largest percentage of the U.S. health care workforce: There are more than 2.3 million registered nurses according to… → Read More

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day at 14 Capital Region, Hudson Valley shops

Free Comic Book Day is May 7. It’s a day when participating shops give away comic... → Read More

Stewart's Shops: 99-cent ice cream cones on Mother's Day

On Sunday, May 8, single-scoop ice cream cones are 99 cents at all Stewart’s Shops. The... → Read More

These are the top butchers in the Capital Region

For 15 years, we’ve been asking readers about the best butcher in the Capital Region.... → Read More

How to plan a great Capital Region picnic

Need help planning a great picnic? We rounded up the top Best of the Capital Region 2022... → Read More

Snow totals for Albany, the Capital Region and Hudson Valley

Here are the latest snow accumulations recorded in the greater Capital Region and Hudson Valley, including Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Troy, Hudson, Catskills and more. → Read More

Top veterinary clinics in the Capital Region

Our furry family members deserve the best. Here’s a look at the local veterinary... → Read More

Explore Why You Should Include AI in Your Recruitment Strategy

Recruiters often make biased decisions. → Read More

Ultimate Capital Region fish fry guide

It’s fish fry season! Use our interactive map to find a Capital Region restaurant serving fried fish. → Read More

What are your predictions for 2022?

Share your predictions for the new year. → Read More

Literary Notes: Magic, the Underground Railroad, and life afterward: a Norfolk author’s novel

Nicole Glover discusses her new book in a conversation with author Alyssa Cole, livestreamed on Wednesday. → Read More

Our comment guidelines are changing. Here's what you need to know.

You make us better. The Virginian-Pilot’s mission is to inform, inspire and improve Hampton Roads, and your feedback and comments help do that, making our journalism and our community stronger. → Read More

The Virginian-Pilot is looking for summer interns

We're hiring for reporting, videographer/photographer, and digital editor positions. Applications are due by November 9. → Read More

Tornado warnings issued for Virginia Beach, Norfolk

The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings for sections of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. → Read More

Comments now open to all

We're making a change to the Pilot's comment system starting today. → Read More