Living

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 ...

Chariot of Love

GALWAY - The Evans family's summer vacation this year seemed, on paper, much like any young family's cross-country summer vacation.A route was mapped out, care for the family cat arranged, an RV secured for camping along the way. They'd leave in July, return home in time for school.But the trip ...

It’s A Wrap

JOHNSTOWN - While the producers would like to keep it on the wraps, the buzz around town is the presence of celebrities, most notably, Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass," and a movie-in-the-making."It's really exciting - awesome in fact," said Johnstown resident Scott Sweetman, who was hired as an ...

And The Winner Is…

St. johnsville - The energy is infectious as the students filter into the auditorium at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Junior/Senior High. Music Director DiAnne Mott is there to greet them and her attention is focused on each individual as they walk through the door. She is listening, asking ...

Garden Textures

If your garden is missing something, perhaps it's height. While it's too late to plant tall-growing delphiniums or hollyhocks, you can achieve this same vertical interest with a garden tower.They're easy enough to make. And sculptural pieces also draw the eye."When planting drifts of annuals ...

Candidate hopefuls look for healthy food options

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Scott Walker is counting steps on his FitBit. Jeb Bush swears by the Paleo diet. Bobby Jindal is a "gym rat."With long travel days and a fresh slab of cherry pie never far away, the campaign trail is notoriously unhealthy. But many 2016 presidential candidates are ...

Need healthy, grill-ready treats? You need grilled plantains

In the summer, we eat outside nearly every day. Which translates into three months of meals to cook on the grill; more if you live in San Diego, like we do.Throw in Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day, and even the heartiest of recipe repertoires can be stress-tested. We grill fish, meats, ...

Along the waterfront

By CHARLIE KRAEBELThe Leader-HeraldWith the bicentennial of the Erie Canal 10 years away, New York state leaders are going back in time to fulfill a goal of making the waterway better for recreational opportunities.In 1992, the state Legislature created the Canal Recreationway Commission, and ...

Taking a stand

By CHARLIE KRAEBELThe Leader-HeraldA Gloversville-born woman is taking a stand against fossil fuels, and she's doing it through her art."Channeling Grandma: Fracking Paintings by Linda Finch" is being featured at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vt. The exhibition runs through July 26.The ...

Uncertain Future

The future is uncertain for a piece of Broadalbin's past. The former rectory of St. Joseph's Catholic Church - which was also the summer home of author Robert W. Chambers - was closed by the parish several years ago. The main floor was used as office space until October 2014.Now, the large, ...

New mystery set at Nine Corners Lake

CAROGA LAKE - Local author Richard H. Nilsen has published a murder-mystery set near a popular local hiking trail."An Old-Fashioned Shooting" is available at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown and the Canada Lake Store. It's also online at Lulu.com and at the Johnstown Public ...

Pricing the priceless

By CHARLIE KRAEBELThe Leader-HeraldJOHNSTOWN - That old family heirloom collecting dust in an attic or a tchotchke nestled away on a bookshelf may be worth more than you think.It just might not be worth as much as it used to be.Popular television programs like "Antiques Roadshow" and local ...