Living

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. ...

The Not-So-Secret Life of Bees

SPRAKERS - The first thing Brenda Blender realized when she spotted the swarm of several hundred bees nesting on a grape vine in her back yard was what was missing."They are so quiet - where is all the buzzing?" she said. "With swarms, the first thing you notice is how loud their buzz is."Bees ...

Lifestyle Changes

GLOVERSVILLE - After four heart attacks, the doctor told John Lee had a decision to make - lose weight or die."I've always been big and I have always had a problem with my weight," said Lee. "Then I had four major heart attacks and my doctor told me I either had to lose weight or I'd be in the ...

Schoharie Crossing

FORT HUNTER - At first glance, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site doesn't seem like much. A small, innocuous visitor's center tucked in next to the Schoharie Creek, a couple of out buildings, a boat launch. Pretty, some good historical information and great for a summer afternoon ...

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 ...