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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 ...

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Funding for beleaguered company withdrawn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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Drug Take Back Days coming to area next weekend

GLOVERSVILLE — Police Department across the Fulton-Montgomery area will be hosting a National Prescription Take Back Day on Oct. 28. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police agencies from both counties will be teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give residents a place to drop off ...

United Way campaign kicks off

GLOVERSVILLE —United Way of Fulton County Director Lisa Pfeiffer sees her organization’s job as much more than a fundraising organization. “It is important to raise money, it truly is important. But, it is just as important to make a difference in life. And, that is what United Way is ...

County gives nod to new Perth zoning law update

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday recommended town of Perth officials accept a new draft version of an updated town zoning law. County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Wednesday that county planning members always believe such changes by towns that are “well ...

JHS incident involved a gun

JOHNSTOWN — Following an argument during a Sunday pick up basketball game at Johnstown High School, a gun was drawn and “brandished” at other players, said Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn today. “It was a gun, a legitimate weapon,” said Kilburn. ...

Telehealth program gets boost

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Public Health Department’s Telelhealth pilot initiative was the beneficiary of funds and services through action last week by the county Board of Supervisors. The board passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of software and related services from IDSolutions ...

Library on the rebound

FONDA — The Frothingham Free Library is landing back on its feet after enduring a week of misfortune over the summer, resulting in a temporary shutdown. From suffering damage due to a neighboring fire, to water damage from a broken water tank valve, the library is a true testament to the term ...

Fort Plain Museum hosts fourth annual scout jamboree

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Museum recently hosted more than 280 scouts from across the region for the museum’s fourth annual American History Boy Scout Camporee. Saratoga, Clifton Park, Glenville and many other troops came to Fort Plain to take part in the weekend event. The camporee ...

Public hearing set on local law

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week set a public hearing for Nov. 13 on a local law extending a county real property tax exemption for 10 years for Cold War veterans. The board in 2008 had adopted a local law that enacted a tax exemption for Cold War veterans in ...

Seven-year-old publishes book on the importance of being kind

AMSTERDAM — Educators and parents all strive to teach children the message of kindness, but when the message is delivered from a child, it may be the most powerful. Author and McNulty Academy student Samantha Soper, is putting her heart into words, teaching her audience that it is not only ...

100% tax increase in town’s future

JOHNSTOWN — The town of Johnstown’s board meeting turned into a debate between board members and taxpayers over the possibility of property taxes going up by 100 percent. There was some confusion with the agenda for Monday night’s meeting as the town board held the meeting at a ...

Northampton boil water advisory

BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN THE SACANDAGA PARK WATER DISTRICT The Town of Northampton has issued a boil water advisory for all Sacandaga Park water users until further notice due to a water main break. Water service had to be shut down until repairs can be made. Residents are advised to boil ...

Resident vies for local annual concert series

JOHNSTOWN — City resident Bill Ackerbauer is trying to launch a mid-summer concert series for 2018, looking for non-monetary support from the city. Ackerbauer told the Common Council Monday night at City Hall the four “small” free public concerts he envisions for the downtown bandshell ...

Motorcyclist found dead in woods

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville motorcyclist was killed Tuesday morning in the town, when his bike struck a tree, state police reported Tuesday. A state police news release indicated 34-year-old Edward P. Laporte died in the fatal crash. His body found at about 7:44 a.m. Tuesday. Troopers ...