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AA If anyone needs to contact a member of Alcoholics Anonymous of Fulton and Montgomery counties, call the AA answering service at 736-2644. TOPS For more information about Take Off Pounds Sensibly, including the various meeting times and places that are available, call Judy Pettit at ...

Shown, from left, at a recent Mayfield School District gathering are seventh-grader Britain Goodemote; high school Principal Christopher Wojeski; junior Ethan Gallup; Lou and Nancy Stutzke, of Fuel-N-Food; seventh-grader Hunter Jones; and Sandra Brower, a member of the leadership board of Academy of Character Education at Russell Sage College in Troy. Lou holds a certificate of appreciation from the academy.
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Business owners given award

MAYFIELD — Lou Stutzke, co-owner with his wife, Nancy, of Fuel-N-Food, was nominated for the Champion of Character Award during a recent gathering of Mayfield School District’s Character Education Program’s second year, according to a news release. The program, called SPARRK, encourages ...

Tonko selected for energy committee

ALBANY — Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) has been selected to serve as the lead Democratic member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment, according to a news release. As ranking member, Tonko will serve as a national advocate for policies that promote clean ...

Center expands free tax preparation

AMSTERDAM — The Horace J. Inman Senior Citizen Center, in conjunction with American Association of Retired Persons, announced that it is now taking reservations for its 2017 tax preparation season, which starts Feb. 6, and ends April 11, according to a news release. As during last season, ...

Kyle Jenks as President James Madison will bring his show to Amsterdam on Wednesday.  (Photo submitted)

Period-actor to bring play to Rug City

AMSTERDAM — Kyle Jenks will appear in a lighthearted recounting of President James Madison’s 1791 “botanizing” trip with his best friend Thomas Jefferson. Madison will recall his first inaugural as President of the United States and the grand ball that showcased his Lady ...

Samantha Graves poses with a skeen of handspun yarn. Graves is opening a co-op fiber mill.
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Fiber mill co-op opening next to SUNY

COBLESKILL — Samantha Graves arrived in Richmondville with a dream of opening a fiber mill in the next three years. Little did she realize, as soon as farmers heard news of a local mill, they would be dropping fiber off to her front door. “It was a huge, but pleasant surprise,” said ...

Littauer Hospital

Jan. 4 Admissions Tammy Donnelly of Gloversville. Sierra N. Moss of Gloversville. Discharges Arket baby boy of Gloversville. Melissa M. Arket of Gloversville. Wayne Gottobed of Broadalbin. Leon C. House of Gloversville. John A. Stumbrice of ...

Yes, it is all in the dining details

“Your table is ready,” the hostess exclaimed as I entered the dining room. “May I help take your packages? “ she said, as I relinquished my burden. I looked around. The Restaurant stated elegance. The mahogany chairs with their striped seats of ocean blue and cream called to me. ...

Johnson Hall in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Great Places and Spaces set Saturday

ALBANY — Area representatives from state historic sites and cultural institutions will provide educational hands-on activities, artifacts to explore, and information about upcoming events during the annual New York State’s Great Places and Spaces program on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at ...

Soldiers recieve military awards for support at Army's Joint Readiness Training Center in July. (Photo submitted)

Local soldiers honored for service and assistance

LATHAM — Members of the New York Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters based here received military awards Jan. 7 for their support of a 2016 training exercise during their July 2016 deployment to Fort Polk, La. The soldiers deployed as part of the Exercise Support Group, supporting ...

Applications sought for state technical assistance grants

ALBANY — Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants, signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts and Preservation League of New York state. A total ...

Front row from left to right: Sydney Jones, Jayden Mundell, Stella Williams, Sherri Lott, Matthew Buanno, Guiliana Capparello and Zoe Perry. Second row: Madison Houser, Jocelyn Miller, Marisa Mycek, Peyton Zilles, Madison Nichols, Madison LaTour, Anthony Krolikowski and Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio. Back row: Bobby Mott, Alexander Cook, John Mancini, Andrew Georgia, Kyle Morton, Ryan Schopmeier and Gabe Mormile. (Photo submitted)

Students hold fundraiser

FONDA — Students from Fonda-Fultonville Central School in Sherri Lott’s Spanish classes conducted their annual holiday animal fundraiser. This year, the students raised $800 and several boxes of goods will be distributed to the Montgomery County Society for Prevention of Cruelity to ...

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Warren students of the month

The following students were chosen as Warren Street Elementary students of the month for responsibility: Jack Kohout, Caleb Hanna, Marley Bramer, David Bornt, Abriel Aponte, Landen Laird, Aaron Lopez, Kurstin Wilson, Marcus Wilson, Matthew Wheelis, Tara Sweeney, Abbigail Lewis, Keegan ...

Report highlights impact of friends groups on park system

ALBANY —  Parks & Trails New York, the state’s leading advocate for parks and trails, released You Gotta Have Friends report. The report summarizes the results of a census of the nonprofit friends organizations that support New York’s state parks and historic sites and demonstrates ...

In this winter 1890 photo, young skaters, some holding homemade hockey sticks, stand in Amsterdam’s Rockton section. The group likely skated on McClary Mills millpond. (Photo submitted)

Ice skating: Winter’s once-popular ritual

On Saturday January 26th 1935, Johnstown’s Knox Field hosted an annual Winter Carnival in which skating was the principal sport. In his February 27 1975 Leader Herald column, “Not Too Long Ago” Vern Steele wrote, “Despite the bitter cold, nearly 2,000 persons gathered to witness the ...

Progress on acid rain is helping fish survive

The Adirondack Council ELIZABETHTOWN —Progress against acid rain has led to healthier lakes in the Adirondack Park, which in turn is helping to protect fish from climate change, according to a study published in the journal Global Change Biology. “This is a perfect example of why we ...

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McCloskey receives promotion

AMSTERDAM — Hill & Markes, Inc. announced the appointment of Brian McCoskey as executive vice president of sales. The announcement was made to the company on Dec. 9, according to a news release. McCloskey joined Hill & Markes, Inc. on Sept. 21, 2015, as a regional sales ...

Community Calendar

AA If anyone needs to contact a member of Alcoholics Anonymous of Fulton and Montgomery counties, call the AA answering service at 736-2644. TOPS For more information about Take Off Pounds Sensibly, including the various meeting times and places that are available, call Judy Pettit at ...

High Peaks center to stay closed

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club's High Peaks Information Center has been closed since Oct. 24 for renovations. Due to construction delays the HPIC will now be closed until early February.  ADK’s staff and volunteers have been working to complete the renovations so that it can ...

From left, Victoria Opalka; Emily Ross; Chelsea Cirillo; Lexi Swatt, Miss Fulton County 2016; Tristen Saterlee, Emily Weitz, Heather Graves. (Photo submitted)

Miss Fulton County time

Gloversville—The Miss Fulton County scholarship program will be holding their annual pageant at the Gloversville Middle School on Saturday at 7 p.m. This year, for the first time, the pageant was opened to young women from Montgomery County, as well as those from Fulton County. The board ...