Living

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 ...

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 ...