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Spirit of the Wolf Festival helps preserve Native American culture

BROADALBIN — William Redhook of Gloversville, who said he is 75 percent Sioux, came to the 10th annual Spirit of the Wolf Native American Festival Saturday for both social and cultural reasons. “I usually get involved in the dances,” he said. Redhook is concerned about Native ...

Man commits suicide after police standoff

MAYFIELD — A man committed suicide by gunshot in the parking lot of the Mayfield Stewart’s Shop Saturday night following a standoff with police, according to Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino. A stolen vehicle was pulled over by a Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Saturday during ...

Housing authority approves $2.44M 2020 budget

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $2.44 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020 that projects revenue will outpace spending for the authority by an estimated $31,768. The GHA’s $2.44 million operating budget for fiscal ...

Audit finds lack of oversight of funds

BENSON — As a result of an audit done by the state comptroller’s office that found a lack of oversight for bank account transfers and check disbursements, the town board was required to develop a corrective action plan that addresses the findings and recommendations given by the ...

Annual Young Eagles Day offers youths the experience of flying

JOHNSTOWN — For some youths, just being aloft in the single-engine airplane is fun in itself. For others, being able to see the Adirondacks and western Massachusetts while flying over Johnstown is amazing. A few may decide someday to go into aviation. All these are worthwhile for area ...

Construction on Mayfield roundabout started

MAYFIELD — Construction has started on the roundabout at the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A in the town. The construction had been slated to start Aug. 1, but was initially delayed by the state. The $1.5 million safety improvement project will change the intersection into a single-lane ...

ART TRAIL TOUR

NORTHVILLE — With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures expected for this weekend, the Sacadaga Valley Arts Network Arts Trails is a good way for art enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the tri-counties while also seeing stunning artwork by area artists, having the opportunity to talk with ...

A trip to the moon, almost

FORT PLAIN — A science teacher at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School had an out-of-this-world experience this summer attending a prestigious professional development program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Patrick Petty attended the LiftOff Summer Institute in June in which ...

Free paint up for grabs

JOHNSTOWN — Free paint is available at the Fulton County Latex Paint Exchange, which has more than 200 gallons of good latex paint to give away. The program is open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the next two Saturdays in August at the Solid Waste Department, 847 Mud Road. Fulton County ...

Nellis sentenced to 40 years to life

JOHNSTOWN — Daniel Nellis was sentenced on Thursday in Fulton County Court to 40 years to life imprisonment for the murder of 21-year-old Michaela MacVilla, along with weapons charges. Fulton County Court Judge Polly Hoye sentenced Nellis to 25 years to life for second-degree murder; for ...

Tornado confirmed in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — The National Weather Service has confirmed that the weather event that occurred in the city during a severe storm on Wednesday afternoon was a tornado. Fulton County Office of Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria in a press release on Thursday announced the National ...

Fonda Fair around the corner

FONDA — Fonda Fair President Richard Kennedy believes much of the magic behind the success of the fair, is its ability to bring the community together. This end of the summer event has a deep history of bringing friends, neighbors, and family to one place for the last leg of summer. Kennedy ...

Artist creates totem pole out of tree

EDINBURG — People walking, driving or boating by 837 N. Shore Road often stop to gaze. A 22-foot tree stump was carved into a bear on top, wolf on the bottom and eagle in between, not counting owls and small bears. Color-changing LED lights give the totem pole-like structure a variety of ...

Practicing for the real thing

FONDA — Local police agencies in Montgomery County, along with state police and other emergency services worked as a team on Wednesday in conducting an active shooter full-scale exercise at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. The exercise brought law enforcement and ...

Officials: We can only mow front lawns, not entire lot

JOHNSTOWN — One resident’s concerns over the city’s ability to correct lawn maintenance violations under city code prompted the city engineer on Monday to remind residents that the city only has the legal authority to mow the front lawns of non-compliant properties. During the public ...

Thunderstorms drop more than two inches of rainfall

FULTON COUNTY — Severe weather that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon produced some minor damage in Fulton County, but officials say there was limited impact produced by the storms overall. The National Weather Service in Albany reported the area received two inches of rain ...

Audit finds inadequate documentation

NORTHVILLE — A state Comptroller’s audit recently conducted on Northville Central School District indicated that extra-classroom activity clubs did not maintain adequate collection documentation. The goal of the audit was to determine whether ECA collections are appropriately supported, ...

HFM, police team up on project

JOHNSTOWN — The Criminal Justice program at the HFM Career and Technical Center is offering resources to local law enforcement to enhance forensic photography at crime scenes and other locations, according to a news release. Last year, the Career and Technical Center purchased a spherical ...

Body found on street ruled a suicide

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam police are ruling the body that was found in the street on the Southside of the city as a suicide. Detective Joseph Spencer said police were dispatched on Monday on reports of a person injured on the side of a street on the Southside of the city. He said the public is ...