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Gloversville Senior Center volunteer Mackinly DiScioscia organizes items at the Golden Corners thrift spot at the center on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

A Golden Corner

GLOVERSVILLE — The Senior Center of Gloversville and Fulton County’s Golden Corner’s thrift stop is humming along as a source of revenue for the agency and a place to get gifts or needed items for seniors in the community. Sitting to the left of the entrance, the corner of the building ...

Members of the band Flame are shown. (Photo submitted)

Headed for Italy

 GLOVERSVILLE — Flame, Lexington Center’s rock band, will be a featured act at the 19th International Festival of Different Abilities in Carpi, Italy, at the Teatro Comunale, a mid-19th century neoclassical theater, on May 30. “This is their first time in Italy,” said Maria Nestle, ...

Alida Scott changes the diaper of her son, Anthony, at No Bottom Left Behind in Johnstown last October. The organization is looking for donations to keep its supply of diapers and baby products available. (The Leader-Herald/Patricia Older)

Helping the Bottom Line

JOHNSTOWN — Victoria Yusko was a 20-year-old single mom struggling to afford diapers for her infant son. “It was demoralizing,” said Yusko. “My experiences with diaper needs 26 years ago were similar to the issues still plaguing low-income families today. Nationally, one in three ...

Rob Carr of Saranac Lake was inspired by his 2-and-a-half year old son Tennessee to bring a mobile play center and permanent childrenÕs museum to the Adirondacks. (The Adirondack Daily Enterprise/Antonio Olivero)

Child’s play: Toddler inspires dad to start children’s museum

By ANTONIO OLIVERO The Adirondack Daily Enterprise SARANAC LAKE — When Tennessee Carr made his first visit to The Wild Center, his museum manners lacked a bit. Rather than stop one by one at each of the natural history exhibits, he ran from one end of the museum to the other. Tennessee ...

Members of the KidWind projects at Lake Pleasant Central School District in Speculator are, from left, Jeremiah Pierce (lying down) and Joshua Griffith and Daniel Johnson (squatting). Standing, from left: Alex Shepherd, Morgan Lane, Willa Perkins, Alexis Brooks, Madeline Braunius and Sarah Smith. (Photo submitted)

Students advance to nationals

SPECULATOR — Students in the tiny Lake Pleasant Central School District have proven that size doesn’t matter when it comes to ingenuity and achievement. Eighth- and ninth-grade students are moving on to national competition in the KidWind Challenge in Anaheim, Calif., May 24 to 25 with a ...

Paul Reuter (Photo submitted)

Area musher hopes to finish Iditarod

BLOOMINGDALE — Peter Reuter of Bloomingdale is still on the Iditarod trail. The part-time resident of Bloomingdale is competing in the nearly 1,000-mile sled dog race across the interior of Alaska for the first time. He reached his last checkpoint at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday in the village of ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant for rail trail connection

SARANAC LAKE — The village is seeking more grant money to make a connection to the state’s proposed rail trail. Meanwhile, the state is holding off on seeking contractors to remove the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid because of a court-issued stay. Funds for ...

Pictured from left are Cashton Dalmata, Maddy Kraemer, Andrew Ramirez and Malania Sepanara working on a barn quilt as part of a class project at Glebe Street Elementary. (Photo submitted)

Making a lasting impression

JOHNSTOWN — Every morning, Carly Smritic, a Glebe Street Elementary School second-grader, wakes up to something creative. “I live next to a barn quilt,” she said. “When you wake up, you can see it every day.” She is one of 22 second- and third-graders who are involved in painting ...

The Greater Johnstown varsity winter guard members, from left in back row, are Lindsay Blackwell, Tyler Kretser, Makayla Byrum, Sheyenne Cook, Hannah Richardson, Mike Simone, Rhiannon Smith, Mallory DeFrancis, Mackenzie McSpirit, Hannah Putman, Tatyana Rosario. Kneeling, from left, are Elizabeth Festa, Michele Hamm, Breanna Beekman, Alyssa Bevington, Casey VanValkenburgh, and Eve Woods. (Photo submitted)

Johnstown’s winter guard advances

JOHNSTOWN The Greater Johnstown School District’s Amethyst Gold varsity winter guard team is — by anyone’s standards — having a terrific season. The 17-member unit — long the pride of the Johnstown High School, the district and the community — has been ranked second and third ...

Getting stopped for DWI no joke

Last week I listened to a man complain that his friend had gotten arrested for DWI. This man was mad at the cops. His friend was surely innocent. I guess he didn’t know he was speaking with someone who had taught a responsible alcohol course and who knows it’s tough to get arrested for ...

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 ...