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Gloversville Enlarged School District adopts $61.5M budget

GLOVERSVILLE —The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education has voted to adopt the proposed 2017-18 budget. During Monday’s meeting, the board voted 8 to 1, with Vincent Salvione voting no, to approve the $61.5 million budget that includes a 1.5 percent tax levy increase. ...

Area police participate in training seminar

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department recently conducted a two-day police training seminar, in which 74 officers from 15 agencies participated. The seminar — “Conducting Complete Traffic Stops” — was held March 28 and 29 at the Holiday Inn. Fulton County Sheriff’s ...

Lexington honored with state distinction

GLOVERSVILLE — Lexington, which serves nearly 1,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been named one of the best companies to work for in the state in 2017 and was honored recently at the Hilton in Albany. It is featured in a publication, titled Best Companies to ...

Hedi McKinley, 97, of Altamont speaks about her experiences in Austria under the rule of Adolf Hitler at Knesseth Israel Synagogue on Sunday. McKinley was the main speaker for the annual Yom Hashoah remeberance ceremony.
(The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Memories of Kristallnacht: Knesseth Israel hosts annual Yom Hashoah service

GLOVERSVILLE — When Hedi McKinley awoke on a November morning in 1938, she saw the streets of Vienna, Austria covered in what appeared to be diamonds. It wasn’t long until she realized that all was not what it seemed. What McKinley was actually seeing were shards of smashed glass that ...

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GHA plans switch to Section 8 housing

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority will be moving to a new funding system following approval of an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. During Thursday’s GHA meeting, Executive Director Timothy Mattice announced the authority’s commitment ...

School library consultant hired

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library Board of Trustees has hired a consultant to study the feasibility of the facility becoming a school district library. Library Director Erica Wing said Friday that the board reviewed three applicants and hired a consulting firm, although she declined ...

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Man gets 3 years on crack plea

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville motorist found by police last winter with crack cocaine pre-packaged for sale will be sentenced to three years in state prison. Lamar Sumpter, 34, of 37 Fifth Ave., pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of ...

Gloversville is trying to win $10 million in funding aimed at revitalizing downtowns. Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings said a committee, established in March, has been working on the application. 
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

City aims at $10M prize to revitalize downtown

GLOVERSVILLE —The city is gearing up for a potential second go at $10 million in funding aimed at revitalizing downtowns. New York state will likely again introduce the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, awarding $10 million to 10 cities, one for every one of the 10 regional economic ...

Prescription drug takeback event Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — City police and the Drug Enforcement Agency will be holding a prescription drug takeback event for city residents on Saturday. According to a news release from city police, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, 3 Frontage Road. This event will be ...

Sewer rates may rise in Glove Cities

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s 2017-18 sewer rates are proposed to increase by 2 percent for Glove Cities residential customers and 9 percent for industrial users. Fiscal officer Donna Renda presented the rates recently to the Gloversville-Johnstown ...

The rush for the sun and wind

As the local region celebrated Earth Day Saturday, an ever increasing number of solar clean energy projects are looking for land in Fulton and Montgomery counties. Advancing efficiency in solar cell technology and decreasing production costs have converged with the relatively inexpensive cost ...

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Sheriff’s receives $29,690

JOHNSTOWN — The Sean Craig Memorial Fund Inc. has awarded the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department $29,690 to buy state-of-the-art, high-resolution sonar equipment for underwater search-and-rescue operations in the Fulton, Montgomery and Saratoga county region. The donation, which has to be ...

Despite chilly, windy weather, Eva Mycek of Amsterdam climbs atop metal playground apparatus at the Schoharie Creek Boat Launch during Canal Clean Sweep Saturday as people clean the park grounds behind her.  (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Celebrating Earth Day at Schoharie Crossing

FORT HUNTER — Yesterday’s windy, chilly and overcast day was not auspicious for cleaning up the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Still, 31 volunteers showed up for the area component of the statewide Canal Clean Sweep, according to David Brooks, educational director of the state ...

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FM’s 25th annual Regional High School Exhibit show

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Perrella Gallery is awash in color thanks to art work created by regional students. The 25th annual Regional High School Exhibition is currently underway at the college. The exhibition features artwork from 95 students from 12 school ...

Ella Wyder of Mayfield and Paul Russo of Johnstown listens as Pamela Roger, right, explains the Glove Cities Huddle at the Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair Saturday at the town park on Main Street. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Fossil fuels, sustainability, and caring for Mother Earth

JOHNSTOWN — “Eat Less Meat,” “Resist Fossil Fuels,” and “Cattle=Methane, Methane=51% Greenhouse Gases.” These lawn signs greeted people along the town park on Main Street for the Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair on Saturday. “We’re encouraging people to invest in clean ...

Keeping the public informed through websites

A public speaker at a recent Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting chastised supervisors for not keeping the county’s website up-to-date with board minutes. Voila! Supervisor minutes are all current now. Perhaps a public shaming was enough. Maybe the Fulton County Industrial ...

The doors near the new temporary home of the Gloversville Public Library is shown on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Library set to re-open Monday

GLOVERSVILLE — Patrons of the Gloversville Public Library will be able to check out the new location at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth starting Monday at 3 p.m. The library closed its doors at its 58 E. Fulton St. location on April 15. The CRG building will be the library’s ...

Defense attorney J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr. opens the  car door for his client Bentley Valdez outside of Stratford Town Court Friday.  (The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)

Dog owner pleads not guilty to abuse

STRATFORD — Bentley Valdez, 55, pleaded not guilty to 22 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide sustenance to dogs Friday during his arraignment in town court. Bentley has been charged as the owner of 22 French mastiffs found starving to death at 404 County Highway 104. When York State ...

County pushes forward with tax

JOHNSTOWN — All owners of living spaces in Fulton County this week are receiving letters from county government explaining who is responsible for collecting the county’s new 4 percent occupancy tax, starting July 1. A registration application for those charged with collecting the tax must ...