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From left, Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger, Board of TrusteeÕs Chairman Ed Jasewicz, Montgomery County Legislator(District 5) Dan Wilson, Chairman of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Foundation Board of Directors Del Salmon, Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman G. Michael Kinowski and  Fulton-Montgomery Community College Foundation Board of Directors member Mary Fox-Frasier participate in a ceremonial ground-breaking event for the Allen House on the campus at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

A ground-breaking new era for FM

JOHNSTOWN — Hard hats and gold shovels were the fashions of the day at Fulton-Montogmery Community College on Tuesday as officials celebrated the start of construction of a new campus building and new era for the college. The official ground breaking ceremony for the new Allen House was ...

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New York State police investigator Israel Toro escorts suspects in the slaying of John Morgan in March, 1998. From front are Theodore J. Cook, Lucas Whaley and Amanda C. Dzierson. out from the Fonda Police headfquarters.  All three were charged with murder.

Old murder case airing on TV

JOHNSTOWN — A shocking city murder involving several young friends from March 1998 will be detailed on a national TV program Thursday night. The murder of 19-year-old Fonda resident John Morgan will be recounted in a new program from the Investigation Discovery channel series, “Murder ...

City readies for paving season

JOHNSTOWN — The city is gearing up to pave part of, or the entirety of, seven city streets this construction season. The Common Council recently advertised for sealed bids for paving and received them Thursday at City Hall. City Engineer Christopher Vose said Friday that he has come up ...

Glove Cities’ mayors still at odds

JOHNSTOWN — Gloversville Water Superintendent Christopher Satterlee was questioned by Johnstown police in early March about records he forwarded to the state. Although he was not arrested following questioning, the incident left some city of Gloversville officials upset at a time when both ...

Glove Cities’ mayors still at odds Part 2

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville officials say they feel a recent issue involving the city water superintendent helping the Johnstown Water Board could have been handled in a different way. In 2003 former Gloversville Mayor Frank LaPorta and former Johnstown Mayor Robert F. Schultz along with ...

Gloversville threatens Johnstown with lawsuit

GLOVERSVILLE — The city of Gloversville is looking at possible legal action if the city of Johnstown does not pay sewer rents it owes. In a June 22 letter to the city of Johnstown’s attorney, Michael Poulin, Gloversville city attorney Anthony Casale states that Johnstown has not yet paid ...

The USS Slater is one of the museums library patrons can check out free passes for. It will be open on the Fourth of July for tours. (Photo submitted)

Library offering free passes

GLOVERSVILLE — Parents looking for an activities for the family this summer have a chance to get some culture through a pass checkout the Gloversville Public Library. The Gloversville Public Library is loaning out passess to Capital Region and Mohawk Valley museums. The passes can be taken ...

Battle continues over shared services

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story on shared services and the issues facing the two cities. GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Mayor Dayton King says he would like to see the city and the city of Johnstown work together to share more services. In an interview with The ...

Battle continues over shared services between Glove Cities

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story on shared services and the issues facing the two cities. JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson stated categorically Tuesday that he and the Common Council are “not interested in” consolidating the cities of Johnstown and Gloversville ...

Noelle Burton of Johnstown practices a colonial musket drill with Johnstown city historian Noel Levee Saturday during Summerfest at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Weather makes festival fun event

JOHNSTOWN—Saturday afternoon’s annual Summerfest had all the makings of a great day—families together, free games for kids, refreshments for sale, and sunny weather. “This is a completely free event for the community and fun for the kids,” said 3rd Ward Supervisor Helen ...

In this June 24 image made from a video provided by Leeann Winchell, a 14-year-old girl falls from an amusement park ride at Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park in Queensbury. After she lost her grip on the slow-moving gondola ride Saturday she fell into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered under the ride to catch her before she hit the ground. The teen, from Greenwood, Delaware, was taken to Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said. (Leeann Winchell via AP)

Teen falls from Great Escape ride

NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew Howard Sr. was just leaving a New York amusement park Saturday evening with his family when he heard someone screaming for help. He looked up to see a young girl dangling about 25 feet (about 8 meters) off the ground from a slow-moving gondola ride as the sun was ...

Johnstown Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico reads a resolution approving Greenman Pedersen Inc. as consulting engineers for a city bridge project Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Engineering firm approved by city

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday approved the same engineering firm to be involved in three large projects in the city. The council approved separate agreements with Greeman Pedersen Inc., also known as GPI, at its meeting at City Hall. GPI was selected as the consulting firm for ...

An overview of the graduates celebrating during the 140th Commencement Exercises in the gymnasium at Gloversville High School on Saturday.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Gloversville graduates told ‘Write your own story and you are the author’

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville High School Valedictorian Quentin Reynolds wants his fellow students to remember that their stories are just getting started. “All of us have our own stories, however we’re all still just starting them. Every story has a prologue and we’re just finishing ...

Johnstown High School class of 2017 graduates file into commencement Saturday at Knox Field. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Grads told to lean on the relationships made

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown High School class of 2017 valedictorian Daniel Jarabek talked about many long-lasting relationships he acquired during his student and family life at the 136th JHS Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday at Knox Field. Fireworks concluded the graduation ceremony under ...

Seniors step forward to receive their diplomas at the Mayfield High School graduation Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Message to Mayfield grads: Yes you can

MAYFIELD — “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can,” said “The Little Engine That Could.” Mayfield School District Superintendent Jon Peterson read the ending of the famous children’s book as he advised graduating seniors Saturday on ways to be successful after high ...

From left, seniors Julianna Taylor,  Juliet Mancini and Julia Viscosi take  smartphone photo together prior to the Fonda-Fultonville High School Commencenment on Saturday.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Grads take first steps on new journey

FONDA — At Fonda-Fultonville High School Saturday, the families and friends of the class of 2017 seniors filtered into the auditorium to watch their loved ones pass a new milestone of their lives. Ninety-three students graduated. Kicking off the 64th commencement, the first honor student ...

L-R standing - Tyler Dygert and Rillea Sweet and Brittany Draffen, center, celebrate after graduation.

Fort Plain Commencement

The Fort Plain 122nd commencement was held Saturday at the Harry Hoag School with 50 seniors graduating.

Isabella Bianca Magliocca, left, and Ryan Zajaceskowski take a selfie together in the lunch room prior to the commencement at the Broadalbin-Perth High School in Broadalbin on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Grads’ journey begins

BROADALBIN — Top Broadalbin-Perth High School class of 2017 student Julie Capito, interested in studying environmental science in college, on Friday compared this area’s beauty to the path ahead for her classmates. “We have been privileged to grow up in an area surrounded by wilderness, ...

The 47 members of the graduating class of Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School are assembled as Principal David Slater, right, prepares to emcee the event. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Find solutions, OESJ grads told

ST. JOHNSVILLE — “Pounce on life,” Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Superintendent David Halloran advised graduates at the OESJ commencement Friday evening. Drawing on the image of the wolf as the school’s mascot, Halloran told seniors they are leaving the “comfort of the wolf ...