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18th Century Market Fair today, Sunday

JOHNSTOWN — The popular 18th Century Market Fair — with its detailed historical significance — will be on full public display today and Sunday at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site on Hall Avenue. The free event will be conducted at the 18th Century estate of Sir William Johnson from ...

$1.3M in paving, dam bids considered

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council will consider approval of $1.3 million worth of paving and dam reconstruction bids at its business meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall. In action items, the council will consider accepting $408,795 worth of bids from Peckham Road Corp. of Queensbury, Warren ...

Burglar gets prison

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who was part of a six-member burglary ring accused striking a town of Caroga camp last year was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to one to three years in state prison. Robert P. Williams, 21, of 34 Grand St., Gloversville, was sentenced July 7 by ...

Gloversville Police Dept. hires public safety secretary

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department has hired a new public safety secretary. According to the April through June quarterly report, Paula Christensen has been appointed from the civil service eligible list as the department’s second public safety secretary under the direct ...

Chamber honors PTECH mentors

MAYFIELD — Talking about the HFM BOCES PTECH program, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce President Mark Kilmer said he still gets choked up when he talks about his first encounter with one of its students. Kilmer said many people forget that part of the grant funding for the ...

Canal boat replica to dock at park

CANAJOHARIE — A replica of an 1862 canal boat, the Lois McClure, will dock at Riverfront Park from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday as part of its season-long voyage along New York’s canals. The state Canal Corp. and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are partnering with the Lake ...

Election heats up in city

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s election activity is hot this year in the city of Gloversville with a Republican September primary for mayor and a general election November contest for councilman-at-large. Ten primaries are now set in the county with filing of major party designating ...

Montgomery election race mostly uncontested

FONDA — Only 5 of the 69 local offices up for election in the fall will have contested political primaries according to petition data released Thursday by the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Thursday was the deadline for filing petitions for the Sept. 12 political party primaries. ...

Three arrested on drug, gun charges

AMSTERDAM — Three people were arrested Wednesday following an investigation into drug sales within the city of Amsterdam. Deputy Chief Victor Hugo said Clifford M. Smith, 65, of 50 Vrooman Ave., Apartment 2, Amsterdam, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, ...

Cellphone surcharge approved

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday adopted a local law mandating that people who purchase a prepaid cell phone must start paying a 30-cent-per-month surcharge. Action by the board followed a public hearing at the County Office Building in which no one spoke. The ...

Officials looking to alter city code allowing alcohol to be served at events

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials are looking at altering the special events code to allow alcohol consumption during large festivals or cerebrations that have the proper permits. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Fourth Ward Councilman Steven Smith brought up that the city code ...

County eyes law to override tax cap

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday set a public hearing date of Aug. 14 to create a local law allowing an override on the state’s tax cap for the county’s 2018 budget. Municipalities are required to conduct such hearings before they create a law to potentially ...

Jackson, Talarico, Gifford announce candidacy for ’17

JOHNSTOWN — City government’s top three leaders made it official Wednesday — they are seeking new four-year terms with the 2017 elections. In a press conference at City Hall, Republican Mayor Vern Jackson, Republican Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico, and longtime Republican City ...

13 rescued from rushing water

CANAJOHARIE — High water conditions due to heavy rainfall led to the rescue of 13 people from three separate sites along the Canajoharie Creek Wednesday. At 6:16 p.m. the Canajoharie Police Department and Fire Department were dispatched to help six people, ranging in age from six to 43, who ...

County releases more shared services details

JOHNSTOWN — When talking with town and village residents in Montgomery County about the “grand vision” of the county’s 12-point Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Plan, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort says he was most often asked about how fall leaf collection would be ...

Democrat from Saranac Lake announces congressional run

SARANAC LAKE — Emily Martz of Saranac Lake officially announced her congressional candidacy to represent the North Country at an event attended by nearly 100 people Wednesday in Riverside Park. The 45-year-old enters an already loaded field of Democratic candidates vying to challenge the ...

DEC takes steps to improve boat launch

BROADALBIN — The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is stepping up efforts to combat invasive species and relieve traffic problems at the DEC Broadalbin Boat Launch Site on Great Sacandaga Lake. DEC announced a series of improvements, including new signage and better ...

Parking lot concerns still an issue with city officials

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials are continuing to seek a place for private truck drivers to park their rigs in the city. On July 7, new rules went into affect that saw the removal of long term parking of large vehicles from the Frontage Road and Elm Street public parking lots. Officials ...

Unsafe intersection being fixed

GLOVERSVILLE — The city has been making moves to make an intersection safer after calls were made to investigate it. In June, Fifth Ward Councilman Jay Zarrelli approached Police Chief Marc Porter after a city resident came to him about the number of accidents at the intersection of Lincoln ...

Town set to consider proposals on Sherman’s

CAROGA — The Sherman’s Advisory Committee is set to provide the town board tonight with a recommendation that the Caroga Arts Collective be allowed to lease the 8.6-acre property located at Route 10 and Route 29A formerly known as Sherman’s Amusement Park. Committee Chairman Kent Kirch ...