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Paula O'Neil of Northville and her daughter, Chantel Batuk of Fultonville, talk about their educational experiences that will be featured on May 11 on Good Morning, America. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Like mother, like daughter

When Paula O’Neil of Northville encouraged her daughter, Chantel Batuk, to go to college, she never realized where it would take both of them. Batuk had left Fonda-Fultonville High School in the 10th grade and ambitiously pursued a business career in floral design, hotel management, and ...

Aleena Cross, 10, of Gloversville is excited to catch even a small fish. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

‘Reel’ experts at fishing

GLOVERSVILLE — Aleena Cross of Gloversville failed to catch a single fish in last year’s Youth Fishing Derby at Wohlfarth’s Pond Park. But this year—wow! The 10-year-old snagged 13, earning her the trophy for the most fish caught. “It’s [fishing] is a fun thing because you get ...

Arnold: Sewage plant fixes $2M

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant is looking for the Common Council’s support for $2 million in bonding for two planned projects — one state mandated and the other from a $1 million upgrade that resulted in severe odor problems. Wallace Arnold, ...

Pictured above is what the Yellow Dot sticker looks like. (Photo submitted)

The Yellow Dot of life

GLOVERSVILLE — When a person suffers an accident or medical emergency, especially if they’re unresponsive, a simple 2-inch yellow dot could make a world of difference. Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home has teamed up with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to bring the New ...

Lisa Emden of Ephratah and Robert Metzger of Johnstown stand in colonial garb as two of the representatives of an exhibit of historic Fort Klock in St. Johnsville. The exhibit was part of the Arkell Museum's community day Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

A day of history and art

CANAJOHARIE — Arkell Museum drew a steady stream of visitors at its community day Saturday—ranging from children who like animals to serious art and history buffs. “My brother loves dogs,” said Cecelia Wilkinson, 4, about her 11-year-old brother, Andrew. Her mom, Cassandra, on the ...

Concession stand too expensive for area

There is a conversation that only graduates of Johnstown High School will have if they find themselves attending an event at Knox Field and find themselves buying something from the concession stand, and it starts with something along the lines of,  "I wrote my name right over .... there! It's ...

Preston Skaine and Anthony Bailey, both of Gloversville, discuss volunteer firefighter opportunities with Kane Rokjer, a lieutenant with the Berkshire Volunteer Fire Company in Gloversville during the company's recruitment open house Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Wanted: A few great people

GLOVERSVILLE — The Berkshire Volunteer Fire District and other fire companies statewide have been putting increased effort in recent years into recruiting volunteers. The Berkshire company participated Saturday in the seventh annual RecruitNY initiative of the Firemen’s Association of ...

Progress made for regional business park

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Common Council will review a proposal negotiated at a recent meeting between Johnstown and town of Mohawk officials over a proposed regional business park. Details of the intermunicipal proposal aren’t being released at this time. The proposed business park ...

The county-owned building at the Fulton County Airport is shown in this January 2016 photo. (The Leader-Herald file photo)

Wellness center gets lease at Fulton County airport building

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors this week supported a proposed lease-agreement for a message therapy and wellness center to operate out of the county airport’s vacant, former restaurant building. Three lease proposals were received by the county. County Planning Director James ...

Johnstown High School LGBT club gets advisors

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday appointed new co-advisors to Johnstown High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance club, which may undergo a name change. The board appointed Elif Ipek-Nobles, a JHS math teacher, and Julie Rodgers, a JHS special ...

Dismal interest in Johnstown Board of Education

JOHNSTOWN — The May 16 election for three available Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education seats is turning into a write-in situation again. The nine-member volunteer board, which offers three-year seats, has been the subject of write-in votes in recent years due to a lack of ...

An overview of the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam Aug. 31.  (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Amsterdam bridge draws new business proposal

AMSTERDAM — The Mohawk Valley Gateway pedestrian bridge has helped to attract its first new business development. The Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday approved a site plan and special use permit for a cafe and restaurant project proposed by Rick Insogna and Rob Zyzes. The ...

Members of the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education watch an Odyssey of the Mind performance Wednesday night at Knox Junior High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Johnstown Board of Education praises students

JOHNSTOWN — Two successful Greater Johnstown School District extracurricular activities — Odyssey of the Mind and Winter Guard — were in the spotlight at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night at Knox Junior High School. An Odyssey of the Mind team gave a performance and were ...

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Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President and CEO Ronald Peters speaks with attendees at the Open House event on Thursday.

CRG shares potential for business growth

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s space at 34 W. Fulton St. opened its doors to the public on Thursday to welcome area residents and let them know what the center can offer. The FCCRG obtained the 35,000-square-foot former Ohm Laboratory building, which was ...

Fultonville mayor wants legal opinion on raises

FULTONVILLE - Mayor Ryan Weitz has asked village attorney Bethany Schumann-McGhee to research whether a resolution passed by the village board of trustees Monday night prevents him from giving $18,000 in raises to the village clerk-treasurer and the deputy clerk. Weitz said he believes the ...

Northampton studies subdivision

NORTHAMPTON — The town planning board, after listening to comments from the public, began the process of researching how to create residential subdivisions of 10 parcels for the 54-acre Sacandaga Golf Course. Town Code Enforcement Officer Matt Ginter said Northampton’s Comprehensive Plan, ...

Hillburn

Man gets 4 years in plea deal for sex with a minor

JOHNSTOWN — A Glovers-ville man who had a sexual relationship with a girl starting when she was 14 was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to four years in state prison. Charles E.J. Hillburn, 46, of 4 W. State St., was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye, as part of a ...

Short of space, some county records may be purged

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Clerks Office is trying to purge old, non-essential records, and may start with documents from the county’s former nursing home that was sold five years ago. County Clerk Ann Nickloy said Thursday she approached the Board of Supervisors’ finance committee ...

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Bill Smith of Gloversville gives audible command to his seeing eye dog named "Ed" during a "Super Kids Rally" morning program at Meco Elementary School in Meco on 4/26.  Smith represents the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. Smith's daughter Kayleigh Garrow attends Meco Elementary School. INFO. IN BOX.

Guiding eyes

Bill Smith of Gloversville gives audible command to his seeing eye dog, Ed, during a “Super Kids Rally” Wednesday morning at Meco Elementary School. Smith represents the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. Smith said he talked to the ...

Bowman’s open despite sewer work

GLOVERSVILLE — Bowman’s Market on East Pine Street is still accessible to customers, despite the partial closure due to a sewer main break. East Pine Street is only closed from South Main Street to Beaver Street as the city’s Department of Public Works and Precision Industrial ...