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Greater Johnstown School District Museum Curator Bill Pollak shows off some of the memorabilia at the museum on Thursday.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

A labor of love: Pollak preserving memories at Johnstown school museum

Now in his 14th year as curator of the Greater Johnstown School District’s School Museum, one can say Bill Pollak’s connections to it are truly a labor of love. “I’m just proud of the Johnstown school system,” says the 81-year-old Pollak. “I went there and my kids went there. We ...

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Expanded home show wraps up today

BR0ADALBIN — You had a map to get around—if you needed one. But most visitors seemed just to stroll around Saturday at the eighth annual Fulton-Montgomery Home Show and Craft Fair to explore the vendors’ offerings. The show, at the high school, was a blend of contractors, equipment ...

Nine groups serve their chili to 
participants at the 
Cabin Fever Chili and Brew Tasting Saturday 
at the the City National Common Building in downtown Gloversville. The tasters chose the city firefighters’ chili as the best. 
(The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Chili and brew tasting: Firefighters and BID are big winners

GLOVERSVILLE — Despite gloomy, wintry weather, Saturday was a winning day for the Cabin Fever Chili and Brew Tasting fundraiser at the City National Common Building—and for the city’s firefighters. By 2 p.m., at the 1 to 4 p.m. fundraising event, some 100 people had turned out to enjoy ...

Gloversville City Police Officer Chris Zink fires a taser at a volunteer during a training session for the GPD at the Fulton County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday. (By KERRY MINOR
The Leader-Herald

Gloversville Police Department introduces newest technology

GLOVERSVILLE — Standing on a gym mat, they braced themselves for impact. Flanked on either side by fellow officers, Gloversville Police officers Ryan Baker and Russ Klippel, who volunteered to “take a ride” by allowing themselves to be zapped by a Conducted Energy Weapon, also known as ...

Fulton County, Northville eyed for business

GLOVERSVILLE — Developers are showing interest in the Hales Mills Road Extension area and downtown Northville, the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth board of directors heard Friday. In a report to the board, Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz noted the Board of Supervisors ...

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Two arrested by state police, one for assault, one for sharing child porn

GLOVERSVILLE — A Gloversville man was arrested by New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly possessing and distributing images of underage girls. Mark Demers, 44, of Gloversville was arrested at his place of employment Thursday. According to a news release, ...

No free summer lunch for kids

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education decided this week not to bring back the free National School Summer Lunch Program this summer because of planned capital construction projects. “We are looking at alternatives,” board President Kathryn Zajicek said ...

District approves bus lease

CANAJOHARIE — School district residents voted 69 to 6 in favor of approving three new bus leases Friday night. The bus referendum, which the district proposes annually to maintain its fleet of 16 buses, included a five-year lease for two 66-passenger buses, with an annual cost not to ...

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2 more arrested in ‘suitcase’ saga

JOHNSTOWN — Two more local people have been arrested by city police in the case of a Johnstown man’s remains found in Arkansas, bringing the total number of arrests to four, authorities said Thursday. Police Lt. David Gilbo announced two more arrests in what he previously termed the ...

Local officials still split on health amendment

JOHNSTOWN — As the House vote on the American Health Care Act, goes into its second day, federal, state and local officials remain spilt on an amendment to the bill that would change how New York collects its Medicaid dollars. On March 21, an amendment was added to the American Health Care ...

The Leader-Herald photos/Bill Trojan  
Wearing hard hats, preschoolers, above, from left, Zeva Ferrante, CeCe Casale and Iva Morey work together on a play brick-building project in Mary Jo Lomanto’s class at Meco Elementary School.  The children were learning about buildings and roads. According to Lomanto, Chris Ferrante, a local contractor, and father of one of the preschoolers, came to class with wood, hammers and screwdrivers for the students to pretend to be contractors. Kathy Henze, from Kingsboro Lumber in Gloversville, donated sandpaper, wood and toolbelts for all of the pre-schoolers. 
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Budding contractors

Wearing hard hats, preschoolers, from left, Zeva Ferrante, CeCe Casale and Iva Morey work together on a play brick-building project in Mary Jo Lomanto’s class at Meco Elementary School. The children were learning about buildings and roads. According to Lomanto, Chris Ferrante, a local ...

County expands on Vision progress

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is taking progress achieved from its Vision 2026 Summit last fall and using it for a future, more comprehensive 10-year report being compiled by a Rensselaer County firm. County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Tuesday that work achieved during the all-day Oct. ...

Amsterdam man gets 3 to 6 years in prison

JOHNSTOWN — An Amsterdam man was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to three to six years in state prison in a stolen property case. Walter Albino, 28, of 1 Willard St., Amsterdam, was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to the state prison time, as part of a plea ...

Tax help available for seniors

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Senior Citizens Center continues to offer tax preparation services to older city residents, the Common Council heard Monday night at City Hall. Center Executive Director Michelle Jones reported that three AARP consultants —as they have in other years —are ...

Dollar Tree to open March 31 in the city

The new Dollar Tree store on North Main Street in Gloversville will be opening at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 31. Store manager Chris Smith confirmed the opening this morning. Gloversville Mayor Dayton King had reported the opening on his Facebook page as March 30, but Smith said the date has ...

Mayfield petition deadline April 17

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield Central School District has announced the deadline to file a petition to run for school board will be April 17. Qualified school district residents must obtain the signatures of 30 qualified voters in the district to file a petition to run for the school board. ...

CSArch Project Manager Scott Wolfe, standing, explains results of capital project bidding to the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Wednesday night.
(The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Johnstown awards $23.2M in bids

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday awarded $23.2 million worth of low bids for the district’s ongoing capital project. Scott Wolfe, project manager for design firm CSArch, took the board through the recent bid results at Johnstown High ...

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More suitcase arrests

JOHNSTOWN — Two more local people have been arrested by city police in the Arkansas suitcase remains case, bringing the total arrests to four, authorities said today. Police Lt. David Gilbo announced two more arrests in the transport and disposal of the corpse case of the late Robert D. ...

Montgomery backs raising criminal age

FONDA — The Public Safety Committee of the Montgomery County Legislature Tuesday night approved a resolution that protests the potential county burden of a proposal to raise the New York state age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, but also supports the state raising the age. ...

The property at 14 Temple St. is shown March 9, 2016. The building was damaged by a July 3, 2014 fire caused by lightning.  (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Gloversville accepts Temple Street property

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council has approved a resolution to accept the donation of a house that was damaged by fire more than two years ago. During Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved a local law which would accept the donation of 14 Temple St., with all seven councilmembers ...