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New teaching methods show promise at FMCC

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College professors presented details to the Board of Trustees on recently piloted teaching models to increase student engagement, finding the methods improved academic outcomes and retention. FMCC President Dustin Swanger asked professors to form ...

Public hearings planned in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council will conduct a series of public hearings during Tuesday’s meeting on several proposed ordinances to modify the city code to introduce a new system of fines for minor blight violations and requiring inspection of non-owner occupied two-unit residences. In ...

Johnstown rescinds bids, enacts law

JOHNSTOWN — The town board at its meeting on April 15 passed Local Law 1 of 2019, a best value law for competitive bidding for purchase contracts and public works contracts. Establishing this local law comes after the town had to rejected and rescinded the March solar panel bid from ...

FFCSD Spelling Bee winners announced

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School held its second annual spelling bee on Thursday, April 18. Participants represented the top three spellers in each grade who earned the opportunity to compete after winning a semifinal round on April 12. The top three are as ...

City to help with Johnson 5K Jog

JOHNSTOWN — Organizers for the upcoming 8th Annual Johnson Jog 5K Run/Walk last week requested city assistance for the event, which is the second of the area’s 5K Triple Crown. Ron Robinson, event organizer, gave a brief presentation on the May 18 Johnson Jog to the Common Council at City ...

Fulton County sales tax figures skewed by solar project

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County started the year being down by more than $400,000 in first quarter sales tax received, but new figures contrasted to last year might be skewed. County Treasurer Terry Blodgett on Thursday released sales tax figures for the county and its municipalities for the ...

Easter activities abound Saturday at Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

GLOVERSVILLE — Despite heavy rain, the children inside the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts were busy with Easter activities Saturday. In a crafts room, children were making Easter hats. Evan Jones of Mayfield was crowned with his hat by Brenda Dwyer, Nigra gallery curator. “I like ...

Heavy rain brings this year’s Twin Cities Easter egg hunt indoors

JOHNSTOWN — It was an inside job at this year’s Easter egg hunt Saturday. Heavy rain shunted the event that is normally in the grass and bushes of the downtown Sir William Johnson Park to downstairs in St. John’s Episcopal Church. Still, Emeliana McClearn of Johnstown couldn’t be ...

City now offers two methods for brush removal

JOHNSTOWN — Two methods for getting rid of yard brush are currently open to city residents. City Engineer Christopher Vose reported to the Common Council Monday night at City Hall that the city’s brush dropoff on West Main Street is now open. He cautioned that the area is open only to ...

Student liaison outlines activities

JOHNSTOWN — A student liaison outlined recent activities at different school buildings at a meeting of the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Wednesday night at Johnstown High School. JHS junior Jacob Frenyea, a member of the Student Advisory Committee, gave the monthly ...

Game Day: PTECH students show their new video game creations to the public

JOHNSTOWN — Coursework by secondary students enrolled in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Foothills Pathways in Technology Early College High School Academy of Gaming Arts & Sciences has progressed this school year to the point of them creating ...

Sewer rate may increase by 2 percent

JOHNSTOWN — Proposed 2019-20 sewer rates paid by residential and industrial users of the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility are expected to increase by 2 percent, officials said this week. The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board the last several years has been able to ...

Man sentenced for attempted item theft from Runnings

JOHNSTOWN — A Dolgeville man, who along with a another person attempted to steal power tools from a town of Johnstown business in early 2018, was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court. Kyle J. Hart, 34, of Lottville Road, Dolgeville, was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to ...

Johnstown Common Council approves property resolutions

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council approved two items related to city-owned properties at its business meeting Monday night at City Hall. The city owns property at 102 Wells St., and the city received an offer for the purchase of the property from Michael and Tara Byrum in the amount of ...

Connecting with positive changes in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — Downtown revitalization efforts will be recognized and area residents will have a chance to learn how they can make positive, lasting change in their community, all while enjoying a meal together during Placemaking in Gloversville: A Celebration Dinner at the Eccentric Club on ...

Board approves possible resource officer

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education on Wednesday approved the exploration of a possible agreement with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to employ a school resource officer at Meco Elementary School in Gloversville where several BOCES programs are ...

Board of Education briefed on state regulations

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday was briefed on pending new state Education Department regulations to strengthen security of information for both students and school personnel. “It really is a good thing,” said Rachel Heroth, district ...

Study concerns town of Johnstown fire depts.

JOHNSTOWN — A joint meeting between the Johnstown Town Board and the four fire departments within the town’s fire district was held on Wednesday to discuss a study the town is applying for funds to get that would focus on the fire departments. The four departments involved include, Sir ...

Identifying mentally ill in crisis program kicks off

FONDA — Montgomery County’s Crisis Intervention Team program kicked off on Wednesday to help train patrol officers on how to identify individuals with mental illness when dealing with the public or in a crisis situation. To kick off the program, local representatives and officials met to ...

Johnstown school board adopts $38.7M budget

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a $38.7 million 2019-20 district budget, with a 35 percent tax levy increase, that will be sent to district voters May 21. Due to fluctuating equalization rates, regular tax rates related to that levy ...