Living

Little Angel Gowns

JOHNSTOWN -From the time she was a small child, Jayne Mulligan loved the feel of the material, the tug of thread and the challenge of making something that brings joy, comfort and happiness to others, so she purchased her first sewing machine when she was in the eighth grade.Years later, ...

Bridging the Health Gap

In an age where technology and busy lives are disconnecting people, hospitals are trying to bring back the intimacy of the doctor/patient relationships with their primary care centers."We are trying to be a partner with the community and our primary care centers is one way of expanding that ...

‘Fur’ ever Searching

GLOVERSVILLE - Zeke is a fearful dog. Abused as a puppy, he is afraid of strangers. He is afraid of change. He is even afraid of playing with doggie toys. And that fear is keeping him from finding a forever home.But that could change, says Kevin Brehan of Natural Dog Training out of Vermont. ...

Making Choices

JOHNSTOWN - Laced together holding three, thin ropes, the five teens were faced with a challenge - tie a single rope into a knot without removing their hand grasp from any of the ropes."The plan is to challenge them with an activity," explained HFM Prevention Council Choices coordinator Shawn ...

Hidden Treasures

Northamption - Next to a busy state highway, a small weather-proof box is tucked under a small pile of leaves next to a tall pine tree; another is situated in the middle of Johnstown, hidden on top of the ground and beneath thick bushes full of small sparrows darting in and out; while another ...

Caffeine and Children

GLOVERSVILLE -With slick advertising campaigns, many regularly featuring high-level athletes promoting their accomplishments and posing with a can of the latest energy drink, children and teens are caught up in the craze and are buying into the marketing they must have it. As a result, more ...

Finding Answers

MAYFIELD - Camryn Meca was an active 14-year-old. She had a very large social circle of friends. She was an up and coming basketball player in the Mayfield school district. She played soccer and was involved in a number of community events. She was always on the go and slowing her down was a ...

New Life for an Old Barn

AMSTERDAM - The town of Amsterdam sees itself as the steward of one of the most important historic sites in the area and it continues to move forward with renovations of the Sanford Stud Farm barns and making the site available for public use."It is really a beautiful barn," said town ...

Lifestyle Changes

GLOVERSVILLE - Three years ago, Joe Ruggeri of Gloversville decided it was time for a lifestyle change."I was way overweight," said Ruggeri. "I decided I needed to change that so I began working out and I changed my eating habits."Those changes helped Ruggeri lose over 80 pounds and drop some ...

Filitti publishes debut novel, ‘Frozen Tide’

HOPE - Gerard Filitti, a resident of Hope, has published his first novel, "Frozen Tide," a very timely thriller that follows the investigation of a terrorist attack on American soil with plot twists that could be ripped from the headlines, a news release said. Events in Afghanistan and ...

Leading the Blind

NORTHVILLE - Take a ride on any rural road in Northville on a Friday and you're likely to see Molly Whittaker training for the Boston Marathon; 26.2 grueling miles that test even the most competent runner.But Whittaker isn't training just for herself - she will run in the world-famous marathon ...

An American’s Journey

By PATRICIA OLDERThe Leader-HeraldJOHNSTOWN - Growing up in a hardworking family on the west side of Johnstown, William Fioravanti always knew he shared a special kind of kinship with his grandfather - Guglielmo Fioravanti, an Italian immigrant who had a love of the classics, opera and poets."I ...

Coloring Craze

By PATRICIA OLDERThe Leader-HeraldJOHNSTOWN - About a year ago, Ann Trojan noticed coloring books were making a comeback, but the ones she was eyeing weren't for kids - she had her sights set on the coloring books being marketed for kids."I saw them come out and I did some research and saw how ...

Come on Down!

AMSTERDAM - Chad Majewski's bucket list just got a little shorter - he was a contestant on "The Price is Right" and he is heading to Belize."On my birthday I turned 40 and I had going to "The Price is Right" and a trip to Belize on my bucket list," said Majewski, who was recently elected 3rd ...

Life at its Fullest

"Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination."DrakeUiesong, Korea - Life's journey has a way of surprising people and Rebecca Brower was no exception.When Brower graduated from Mayfield High School in 2009, she set her sights on being an architect and enrolled in ...

SVAN to host book signing by local author of anthology

NORTHVILLE - Recently released "Trigger Points: Abuse Survivors Experiences of Parenting" by Northville resident Dawn Daum and Canadian Joyelle Brandt is a compilation of 21 essays written by survivors of sexual abuse and the impact abuse had on their own parenting journeys."Having worked as a ...

‘Between a Hard Place and a Rock’

GLEN - Over 20 years ago, Sandy Shatley and her husband, Hank, purchased a small piece of property in Glen. It was in "farm country," situated on a hill overlooking the foothills of the Adirondacks on one side and the Mohawk River on the other.On that land stood a tiny, ramshackled shack - a ...

New Life for Old Chairs

johnstown - All of the pieces of furniture in Linda Eastman's caning class came from different places. Some of the chairs were found discarded alongside the road, others stored in basements for dozens of years, while others were pulled from burn piles.Oak, maple, pine. Victorian, Colonial, ...

A Good Match

GLOVERSVILLE - By all accounts, Vincent DeRosa is the perfect employee.For more than 20 years, DeRosa has gotten up in the morning, got dressed and made his way to his job at Burger King.From the beginning, he worked hard and did the best job he could, had a smile on his face and never called ...

Getting Holiday Crafty

With the holidays just around the corner, creating the perfect gift for a friend or loved one can be fun and personal while not breaking the bank.In fact, using the following ideas and expanding on them, you can put together a gift that is not only relatively inexpensive, but?also personal and ...