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Wali Shah takes pictures with students following his talk at Gloversville High School on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Poet uses words to connect with students

GLOVERSVILLE — In his junior year in a Toronto high school, Wali Shah’s teacher pulled him aside when she noticed he was unengaged during a section on William Shakespeare. Speaking with him in the hallway, Shah said she asked him where the richest place on earth was. Shah said he ...

Youngsters line up in costume to get treats from the vendors Saturday during the Fall Fest at the Rail Trail Park sponsored by the Gloversvile Recreation Commission. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

FallFest sees large turnout Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — Children were nonstop at the annual FallFest at the Rail Trail Park Saturday. When kids weren’t running races or involved in contests, they were making their own fun throwing footballs, kicking beach balls or chasing bubbles—or just chasing after each other. The big ...

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Drug dealer found guilty

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County jury on Friday afternoon found a Gloversville crack cocaine dealer guilty of two felonies, and he now faces a maximum of 12 years in state prison. Shamar J. Sumpter, 34, of 37 Fifth Ave., Apartment 2, was convicted on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a ...

The Johnstown Industrial Park building at 123 Union Ave. Ext. that Century Linen & Uniform wants to expand into is pictured Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Public hearing set for tax exemptions

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on a request by Gloversville-based Century Linen & Uniform to seek $724,800 in sales tax exemption benefits. The request is in conjunction with Century’s expansion move to the Johnstown ...

The city of Johnstown-owned former Hi-Way Oil site on North Perry Street as seen Sept. 20. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Bid process underway for former gas station

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday approved seeking bids for construction services for closure of underground storage tanks at the former Hi-Way Oil Inc. property, which the city owns. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is requiring that the tanks at 237 North Perry ...

The president of Taylor Made, David S. Karpinski, at the Taylor Made Products site in Johnstown gave a tour through the plant on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Taylor Made shows off company

GLOVERSVILLE — Local politicians and business leaders went on a grand tour through Taylor Made led by the president of Taylor Made, David S. Karpinski. Karpinski showed them everything there is to know about Taylor Made, their products and how they’re made. Karpinski began with a ...

Morgan Gray of Canajoharie is shown with a elephant in Thailand during a summer studying abroad. (Photo courtesy of Loop Abroad)

Local student studies abroad

CANAJOHARIE — Some people will go all the way around the world to learn more about saving animals – Morgan Gray is one of those people, according to a news release. This summer, Gray, 21, of Canajoharie, a senior at the State University at Oneonta, spent three weeks in Thailand helping ...

The Broadalbin-Perth High School's Adirondack Humanities class taught by Dan Simonds and Anthony Mucilli pose in photo along with local author Heidi Sprouse at the top of Kane Mountain on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

New course takes students out of the classroom and into nature

BROADALBIN — Broadalbin-Perth’s Adirondack Humanities class had an adventurous day as they hiked their way up Kane Mountain along with local author, Heidi Sprouse, on Wednesday. The class is taught by Dan Simonds and Tony Mucilli. The class has recently read Sprouse’s novel, ...

The home at 25 Grand St. in Gloversville badly destroyed by fire Friday morning is seen Friday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Electrical cord caused blaze

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Fire Department has released more information about a Friday morning fire that sent two residents to a Syracuse burn unit. According to the Gloversville Fire Department, three occupants of a two-family home at 25 Grand St. were rescued by police and ...

Two city positions open for resumes

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson said this week he is seeking resumes to replace two city department heads who will retire by the end of the year. At the end of Monday’s Common Council meeting at City Hall, the mayor spoke up about the pending departures of Johnstown Senior Citizens Center ...

Johnstown gets $100K grant for new bridge

JOHNSTOWN — The city has received its promised $100,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to go toward building a new Miller Street bridge, City Engineer Christopher Vose said Friday. The overall project is slated to be done inhouse by the city Department of Public ...

GHA considers agency for Sec. 8 program

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority is looking at possibly renewing a contract with a Saratoga Springs-based agency that administers their Section 8 housing voucher program. During Wednesday’s meeting, the board of commissioners had James E. Mastrianni of JEM Inc. come to ...

Officials get update on county airport’s pending master plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board received a briefing on the Fulton County Airport’s master plan update Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex. The county recently submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration its annual Airport Capital Improvement Plan. All of the near-term ...

The cover to the book “Theaters of the American Revolution” is shown. (Photo submitted)

Event to celebrate veterans set

FORT PLAIN — The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson-Mohawk Valleys is hosting a free Veteran’s Day event to celebrate veterans and the sacrifices that they have made, according to a news release. The Round Table, Siena College’s McCormick School of the American Revolution, SUNY ...

Gloversville firefighters responded to 25 Grand St. at 3:35 this morning for a structure fire. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

House fire injures two

GLOVERSVILLE — Quick action by city police and firefighters may have helped save the lives of three people this morning during a house fire, said Fire Chief Tom Groff. Groff said Gloversville police officer Melinda Palmer discovered the fire at 25 Grand St. around 3:35 a.m. Groff said the ...

Funding for beleaguered company withdrawn

JOHNSTOWN — The city on Monday night withdrew its involvement with a $405,000 grant it was awarded — but never received — for the unfinished Johnstown Renewables LLC construction project. A resolution approved by the Common Council indicated “adverse developments have transpired with ...

Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown, center, on Thursday speaks during a ceremony denoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month in front of the Tree of Hope outside the Fulton County Courthouse in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Domestic violence awareness annual walk held in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government and civic officials, and area youth, recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thursday afternoon with the annual ceremony at the Tree of Hope and a walk across the city. Stephanie Porter, a crime victim advocate in the office of Fulton County ...

GHA mulls collection firm hiring

GLOVERSVILLE —The Gloversville Housing Authority is considering hiring a debt collection firm to try and get back money owed to them by former tenants. During Tuesday’s meeting, the GHA board of commissioners discussed and agreed to sign a contract to hire Upstate Collection Center Inc. ...

More work for Karg site

JOHNSTOWN — The city isn’t quite done with its environmental responsibilities for the former Karg Bros. tannery site it owns off North Perry Street. The Common Council on Monday night at City Hall authorized a $4,640 payment to Arcadis for additional site management at the site. The site ...

Fulton County Public Health Director Irina Gelman listens to 2018 budgetary concerns at a meeting of the county Board of Supervisors' Budget Review Committee Thursday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Supervisors grapple with budget

JOHNSTOWN — Financing for public health, economic development and sales tax for 2018 were brought up at a Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Budget Review Committee Thursday morning at the County Office Building. Supervisors are fine-tuning accounts to be included in the county’s ...