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Howard Goebel (Photo submitted)

On the move

Special to The Leader-Herald Growing up in Gloversville as a descendant of leather-processing merchants, Howard Goebel thought he had his future pretty well mapped out working in the leather trade. Goebel’s great-grandfather, also named Howard (Teetz), purchased Glove City Abrading ...

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Teachers honored at celebration

ALBANY — Seven area educators were among 100 honored by CASDA at the first-ever Capital Region Friends of Education Awards Dinner Thursday night at the Albany Renaissance Hotel. The dinner included an awards ceremony. 2016-2017 Friends of Education Award Recipients from this area were: ...

2017 Miss Fulton County Heather Graves, left, gives pre-kindergartener Briella Lucas a high five during her first public appearance while at Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville on Jan. 27. 2016 Fulton County Miss Outanding Teen Alexis Houser is seen in the bacground on her last full day as Fulton County Miss Outstanding Teen. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

The making of a pageant queen

CAROGA — When a crown was placed on Heather Graves’ head last month, her six-year dream became a reality. The 22-year-old from Caroga Lake began vying for the title of Miss Fulton County when she was 17. According to the Miss America Organization website, contestants are only able to ...

A baby’s fight for life

By OPAL JESSICA BOGDAN The Leader-Herald BROADALBIN — The saying goes, a mother always knows best, and in the case of 7-month-old Reagan Caldwell, that slogan rang true. Reagan was born at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home as a full term, healthy baby. His parents, Amanda and ...

The art of stained glass

GLOVERSVILLE — Don Dwyer held up a piece of green-colored glass to the lights hanging from the ceiling. He carefully looked at the way the light traveled through the glass, studying how the light reflected the design and the color. Then he picked out the best pieces to create his latest ...

Annual Audubon bird count is more than counting birds

JOHNSTOWN — Since graduating from Johnstown High School in 1982 and entering Cornell University in Ithaca, Pam Hunt has been on the lookout for birds. Since 1986, Hunt has been a part of the Johnstown-Gloversville area unit of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count that has been organized ...

While driving through the light display, Santa and Mrs. Claus along with other characters stand still until drivers honk their horn. (The Leader-Herald/Opal Jessica Bogdan)

Festivals of lights

AMSTERDAM – Hundreds of extension cords and thousands of lights create a countless number of memories and smiles for families, friends and community members who drive through the city’s Christmas light displays. Amsterdam has two different lighted drives that each feature a mix of ...

Jennifer meets with local musician Sawyer Fredericks while he was in town performing. Music has always been an important part of Jennifer’s life. (Photo submitted)

Luft family’s Christmas wish: A recovery for Jennifer

Christmas day typically brings families together, laughing and exchanging gifts. But for the Luft family, Christmas brings back memories of a day that changed their daughter’s life forever. On Christmas morning 2012, Jennifer Luft collapsed in her family’s home. Using CPR, her family and ...

Women tend to be the keepers of Christmas

Today is the first week of December. Thanksgiving is over.  I’m still tired but last night I couldn’t sleep. The browns and yellows and maroons need to come down. The reds, greens and gold need to go up. At two o’clock, I got up and ordered two pair of size 6 pajamas’ from Hanna ...

Perfect combination of late season wood ducks, black duck and mallards. Pictured is Stephen GeorgeÕs friend, Harvey, at a local pond. (Photo courtesy of Stephen George)

Duck hunting with good friends in the wild

It’s all waterfowler’s dream to look at the extended forecast in late November and see a massive cold front bearing down and the thermometer bottoming out. Why would anyone want that you say? Well, riding that wave of cold air brings big flocks of migrating ducks and geese heading south ...

FOUR GENERATIONS

Photo submittedThe four generations from left to right are Shirley Shoop, great-grandmother and Pat Capparello, great-grandmother, both of Gloversville; Ron Capparello of Palm Coast, Fla., grandfather; Ronnie (RJ) Capparello Jr., father and Asher Jax Capparello, both of Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.

Ground Zero Persective

JOHNSTOWN - When the World Trade Center was devastated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Johnstown resident Louis Pabon was one of the hundreds of laborers called on to help clear away the debris in the months that followed.What was different about Pabon was he had always carried around a simple ...

Local teacher travels to Cuba on teaching grant

GLOVERSVILLE - For Gloversville Middle School eighth-grade teacher Danielle Lambert, the educational trip she took the first two weeks of July was life-changing."Every person I met was a beautiful person. The trip was incredible and I believe I have made some lifelong friendships," said ...

Enjoying Rio

I love to eat and I love to eat out. When you read this, I will be spending my very last day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.I am very lucky as I have been at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games for over a week. Tonight I have to go home.Yes, I went to the wonderful opening ceremonies.Yes, I went to the ...

The Third Option

JOHNSTOWN - For Jenna and Mark*, their one-year-old marriage was already on rocky terrain. The fights were mean-spirited, loud and often. Neither one was listening to what one another was saying and the same arguments kept occurring. The couple was beginning to wonder if they had made a mistake ...

In the Movies

WESTCHESTER - He never really saw himself following his mom's footsteps into theater. In fact, when Patrick Davin was growing up in Gloversville, he had his eyes set on a future playing soccer. He was pretty good at it, playing for Gloversville High School and later at college."My mom was a ...

Puppy Love

JOHNSTOWN - The first time Nadeen Rizzo laid eyes on her Freedom Guide Dogs puppy, she fell in love."We had lost our dog of 15 years and it was a huge loss for our family," said Rizzo. "Getting the puppy was exciting for all of us."Rizzo, along with husband John, daughters Abbie and Emma, and ...

Community Gardening

JOHNSTOWN - Dale West has a vision for the future - create a community-supported garden where people can either buy lower-cost fresh vegetables or exchange working in the garden for fresh vegetables all season long."They fill out an order form with what they want ahead of time and the ...

Living Life to its Fullest

GLOVERSVILLE - Gilbert Wendt doesn't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Soon to be 100, the Gloversville resident is ready for just about any adventure, from dancing with the ladies to a day at the Saratoga Race Course to buying a 1965 classic Mustang to ride around the lake in.Take ...

Laying the Foundation

GLOVERSVILLE - For Dr. Irina Gelman, director of the Fulton County Public Health Department, the foundation ceremony held at the construction site for the new dialysis center at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, was especially personal."This really hits home for me," said Gelman. ...