Living

Taking a Shot

Gabriella Ashbey grinned widely after shooting practice with her twin sister, McKenzie; older brother, Brandon; and mother, Patricia; at their home in Bleecker recently.The Ashbey girls' excitement was palpable as they explained the finer points of shooting a bow and arrow. Gabriella said she ...

Searching for Hope

Heidi Sprouse's fifth novel, "Adirondack Sundown," is intrinsically tied to the local area.The story, about a conservation officer attempting to solve a missing-person case in the Adirondacks, was inspired by a number of recent, real-life cases in Johnstown and Albany. The local author and ...

The Right Note

GLOVERSVILLE - It's been about five or six years since Rick Bedrosian, bassist and vocalist for upstate-based Irish rock band Hair of the Dog and a self-proclaimed history buff, last performed in the Glove Performing Arts Center.He still remembers the awe he felt being inside the 101-year-old ...

Future Farmers, Future Leaders

ST. JOHNSVILLE - Prior to joining the Mohawk Valley FFA, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School senior Kait Isaac had never thought of a career in agriculture before.Since joining the organization, now run through the agriculture program at OESJ, she's traveled across the state in ...

A Burr in Time

Madeline Burr, 91, has been fascinated with her last name ever since she married Wallace Edward Burr of Gloversville in 1948. But for many years, she didn't have time to investigate its history."She's always loved the Burr name that my dad gave her, and was always very intrigued about them, but ...

Uncharted Airspace

The Blade 350QX quad copter was in the air for only a few minutes Wednesday at the Lazy Eight R/C Club's field on Knoblauch Road in Johnstown.But it was long enough for at least two people in cars to stop and ask the operators, members of Lazy Eight, the local Academy of Model Aeronautics ...

More Than Just a Pretty Face

Courtney Sheridan comes from a pageant family.The 23-year-old Fort Plain native competed in her first beauty pageant, the Miss Fonda Fair pageant, at age 10. By the time she was 12, she and her two older sisters were often competing in multiple pageants each weekend."We would leave Friday, stay ...

The Laughter Returns

The laughs are back in Fulton County.About three years ago, when Pat Dabiere of Amsterdam started his standup comedy career, he would travel to Albany to attend comedy shows and open mic nights. Through this supportive community, he was able to land his first guest spot, and later, his first ...

Changing History

When Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a young girl growing up in Johnstown, the widow Flora Campbell visited Stanton's father, Judge Daniel Cady, looking for legal advice.Campbell's husband had recently died, and everything in his will, including their house, had gone to the Campbells' oldest son, ...

Finding Hope

The memoir Kathleen Pooler originally set out to write ended up being much different than the one she published in July.The Niskayuna native, current Amsterdam resident and retired nurse practitioner was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1996. (In December, she was declared ...

In Their Honor

Before August, veteran Elmer Shamon of Gloversville had never heard of Honor Flights. By October, he was getting ready to go on one.Shamon, a veteran of World War II with the Army and the Korean and Vietnam wars with the Air Force, learned about the Honor Flight Network - a nationwide program ...

Know Your Rights

In November, a Saratoga County sheriff's deputy was videotaped slapping a young man outside a Walmart in Halfmoon after the man refused to submit to a search of his vehicle.The incident led to charges of official misconduct and harassment against the deputy, Shawn R. Glans, who eventually ...

Hip to be Square

GLOVERSVILLE - It took some begging from Dianne Kierpiec to get her husband, Marty, to come to a square-dance lesson at the ED Center with her in September 2013."On my birthday last year, I said, 'This is for my birthday; just come to the lesson and see what it is,'" Dianne Kierpiec, 63, of ...

State of the Arts

CANAJOHARIE - Variety has been the only recurring theme at the Arkell Museum's annual Juried Art Show over the years."What I've always seen is a nice selection," said museum Director and Chief Curator Diane Forsberg. "I think it's nice to see lots of different media, different approaches. ... ...

Leading the Cheer

The tumbling initially drew Josh Downing to cheerleading - or rather, the fact that he wasn't supposed to be tumbling.The Northville native, now 22, has struggled with numerous medical complications since before his birth. He's had 33 surgeries throughout his life so far to correct everything ...

Gift of Life

As an organ procurement coordinator with the Center for Donation and Transplant in Albany, Joey Nuqui has watched many families struggle with the decision to donate their loved ones' organs or tissues.The center facilitates the organ-donation process with 48 hospitals in the Northeast, ...

Pushing Power

Shaun Evans of Galway thought he had reached a pinnacle when he won his first ultra-marathon in Pittsfield, Mass., in 2013 while pushing his son Shamus in a running chariot."First of all, I'm thinking, 'OK, that's it; you can't do any better than winning an ultra-marathon while pushing your ...

The Old Inn

JOHNSTOWN - The James Burk Inn may or may not be where the first shots of the Revolutionary War in the city were fired.In 1775, a mob of about 50 people descended upon the city in search of John Fonda and British loyalist Sheriff Alexander White. Fonda, a revolutionary, had been arrested by ...

Lady of the Dance

Line-dance instructor Sue Kaupelis went through each motion slowly, without music, explaining her movements to the handful of students assembled in the Broadalbin VFW on Thursday.One student, Carol Perone, was having trouble with a tricky step that involved a flurry of movements and turns. ...

Saving a School

NELLISTON - The two-story, four-room brick schoolhouse still stands at the corner of Stone Arabia and School streets in the village.From its construction in 1869 through most of the 1950s, the school housed village students from kindergarten through eighth grade. When the village district ...