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A Gloversville Original

Gloversville native Joseph E. Persico, who died Aug. 30, was known for his biographies of Colin Powell, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nelson Rockefeller, whom he also worked for as a speechwriter for 11 years.But his former neighbors in the city, Ed and Angelo Lomanto, remember Persico as "one of ...

Recovering creativity

GLOVERSVILLE - Recovering addict David Hayes of Gloversville is tired of people looking down on him."When [people] find out that we're addicts, first they want to shake your hand, and [tell you] you're a great person, and you're a good artist, and you're this, that and a third," Hayes said ...

From Farm to Fair

FONDA - This year, attendees at the 173rd Fonda Fair will be able to get a closer look at where their food comes from than ever before.A new exhibit Saturday will allow fair-goers to get an up-close-and-personal look at the birth of a calf. A local farm has volunteered to bring in a dairy cow ...

On the Trail

Bringing 21 artists together for the first Sacandaga Valley Arts Network Art Trails was "like herding cats," according to co-coordinator and SVAN member Marilyn Sargant.The free event, which takes place Aug. 16 and 17, will feature artists opening up their studios to the general public in ...

Lakeside classics

CAROGA LAKE - A chance encounter on an airplane five years ago led actress and singer Alyson Stoner to agree to appear at the third annual Caroga Lake Music Festival.The festival's founder and Artistic Director Kyle Barrett Price, 21, was a high school senior when he met Stoner, known for her ...

Sharing Growth

Community-supported agriculture helped save Free Bird Farm in Palatine Bridge.Ken Fruehstorfer, originally from Pennsylvania, and Maryellen Driscoll, originally from Boston, opened Free Bird Farm in 1999. The couple spent their first few years in the area traveling to various local farmers ...

Summer Standards

FONDA - Fonda-Fultonville Middle School Band Director Gregory Kowalczyk is in need of trombonists.The Gloversville resident is directing the Summer Jazz Band for the 19th annual Friends of the Visual & Performing Arts' summer festival, which will take place Aug. 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at ...

Helping Paws

Due to a fear of dogs, Amsterdam native Rachelle Cotugno didn't receive her first guide dog until she was 34 years old.Cotugno was born premature with retinopathy of prematurity, a disease that affects the eyes of premature babies. She was born with no sight in her right eye and little vision ...

Over the Buck Moon

JOHNSTOWN - With most students home for the summer, Fulton-Montgomery Community College's campus on Route 67 is mostly quiet.But Wednesday inside the Visual Arts and Communications Building, art professor and Perrella Gallery Director Joel Chapin was running between the gallery and the copy ...

A Day at the Arcade

CAROGA LAKE - Janet Sherman Shepard remembers "Skippy" well.When she was a kid growing up and working at Sherman's Amusement Park, her father, Frank Sherman Jr., built the small, red, white and blue car from Ford Model A parts and other pieces he either fabricated or found. He used it to travel ...

Soaring Through the Air

Most of the kids Doug Sterling has flown with through the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program can't wait to get up in the air, he said.But there's always a few that are "reluctant," he said. At a Young Eagles event in Glens Falls two weeks ago, Sterling encountered one such ...

Working Together

GLOVERSVILLE - When it comes to planning arts events, collaboration is key, according to members of both the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network and the Micropolis Gallery."So many cities do art nights on the same night, and it just creates a lot of energy around the arts," said Constance Dodge, one ...

Riding For a Cure

Marissa Wille, 10, of Mayfield was exhausted after riding her bike 10 miles in her first Tour De Cure in Saratoga Springs last year."I slept the whole way home," she said recently, while sitting with her father, John Wille, and her father's girlfriend, Jennifer DeCuyke, in the back of Harvey's ...

Expressive Art

NORTHVILLE - Faith LaFountain, 23, of Gloversville laughed, covered her face and blushed Friday as she sat at a table in the center of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network's gallery, upstairs in the Northville Public Library.She had just sold her watercolor painting, "Vase of Flowers" - one of the ...

Here’s to you, class of 2014

Ever wish you could give a high school commencement speech? Well, here's your chance to shine on the stage, from the comfort of home.We're asking readers to send us a brief high school "commencement address," which we will consider for publication. You can offer any type of advice for high ...

For The Bees

Brian McDonald got into the honey business about 10 years ago, just in time to witness the discovery of Colony Collapse disorder."I was actually working with a commercial beekeeper in the Kansas City area when it came about and people started losing hives," said McDonald, who runs Ole McDonald ...

Up in Vapor

Ryan M. Carroll, 21, made it his New Year's resolution this year to quit smoking.The Gloversville resident had been hooked on cigarettes since he was 12, and tried all the usual smoking cessation methods, from Nicorette gum to nicotine-replacement patches. Nothing worked for him until he ...

Balancing Act

GLOVERSVILLE - City resident Doris Clo, 82, is lucky. When she fell while taking out the garbage this winter, she was not hurt."I do things now because my husband cannot, because of his balance," Clo said, after attending HealthLink Littauer's Improve Balance & Prevent Falls program at ...

State Of Health

Most years, when the New York state budget is announced, Nathan Littauer Hospital expects to lose funding. That didn't happen this year."This budget's different in that there's usually all this negative, and there isn't," Nathan Littauer Hospital CEO Laurence Kelly said.The state's 2014-15 ...

Best In Show

JOHNSTOWN - Broadalbin-Perth High School senior Taz Taylor got the nickname "Squirrel" from his soccer teammates last year."We were trying to figure out who on the JV team would win the 'Hunger Games' if we were put into that situation," Taylor said. "One teammate said me because I was starting ...