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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 ...

Lisa Pfeiffer, executive director of the United Way of Fulton County welcomes guests to the United Way Community Campaign Kick Off Breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

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 ...

Frothingham Free Library patrons look at baskets for its Taste of Chocolate & Basket Fundraiser which will be held at St. Cecilia’s Church Hall, 26 Broadway in Fonda, on Saturday at 6 p.m. (Photo submitted)

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 ...

Boy Scouts participate in the Fort Plain          Museum’s American History Boy Scout Jamboree. (Photos courtesy of
Fort Plain Museum)

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 ...

Town of Johnstown councilmen, from left, Donald, VanDeusen,Timothy Rizzo, Walt Lane, Daryl Baldwin, and  Jack Wilson, right discuss the 100 percent tax raise with citizens at the board meeting on Monday at the Town Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

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 ...

Structural renovations slated

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors last week authorized a $12,000 contract with an Onondaga County company to design structural renovations to the county’s recycling building for single-stream processing. The board approved a contract between the county Solid Waste Department and Barton ...

Truck or treat event slated

JOHNSTOWN — Brown’s Ford of Johnstown plans to offer savings to the adults, and goodies for the kids, as the dealership hosts its first-ever “Truck or Treat” Halloween event on Oct. 28. “We’re having a parade at noon,” says Brittany Suchy, Brown’s sales and leasing ...

Students, parents and faculty of Northville Central School District take part in Students Against Destructive Decision's. SADD had its first annual domestic violence walk in Northville on Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Northville school district holds walk against DV

NORTHVILLE — Northville Central School District went purple for Domestic Violence awareness month. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) sponsored the first annual domestic violence walk on Monday. There was also a coin drive set up with all proceeds supporting the victims of ...

Company hired for Phase 1 at Parkhurst

GLOVERSVILLE — The Parkhurst Field Foundation have hired CT Male and Associates to do phase one contracting work. According to a news release from the Parkhurst Field Foundation, CT Male will immediately begin the site survey and paperwork to begin the first steps to develop Parkhurst ...

Spoken-word poet to be at FM Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton Montgomery Community College will be hosting to spoken word poet, musician and alumni of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 during two special event on Thursday. Wali “Flo” Shah will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. at the FMCC Theater. Shah will be also speaking at the FMCC ...

Johnstown 2018 budget ‘stabilized’

JOHNSTOWN — Officials on Monday night released the city’s tentative $13.2 million tentative budget for 2018 — a spending plan calling for a 2 percent property tax rate increase. Following the Common Council meeting at City Hall, Mayor Vern Jackson said his tentative budget is a far cry ...

Man killed in motorcycle crash

JOHNSTOWN ó A Gloversville motorcyclist was killed this morning in the town, state police reported today. A state police news release indicated 34-year-old Edward P. Laporte was killed in the fatal crash, his body found at about 7:44 a.m. today. Troopers responded to a single vehicle ...