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Found money to be used on Rail Trail

GLOVERSVILLE — The city is considering making improvements to the Rail Trail with funds left over from a grant that was given around two decades ago. Department of Public Works Director Dale Trumbull said his department was recently informed that it has funds from 1997 available for its ...

Marty Krempa, owner of Krempa Custom Landscaping & Design of Johnstown works on his display during the Fulton County Home Show and Craft Fair at Broadalbin-Perth High School on March 21, 2015. The show returns this year for the eighth year. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Broadalbin home and craft fair returns

BROADALBIN — Visitors to the eighth annual Fulton Montgomery County Home Show and Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday will get a chance to see the progress being made on the Broadalbin Town Park, the project the event was created to help fund. Keith Buchanan, event coordinator for the home ...

Chili cook off contestants set

GLOVERSVILLE —The Gloversville Downtown Business Improvement District has released the names of the contestants so far for the Cabin Fever Chili and Brew Tasting on Saturday: ∫ Gloversville Fire Department; ∫ Gloversville Police Department; ∫ Mayor Dayton King; ∫ Mayoral ...

Firefighters referendum on hold

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council has decided to withdraw a resolution that would have set money aside in the budget to pay for a marketing firm for a potential referendum related to the fire department. The resolution would have moved $50,000 from the city’s contingency budget to pay ...

A powerful storm knocked down trees and caused widespread devastation to Pine Lake Park last August.
(The Leader-Herald file photo)

Pine Lake Park to reopen

CAROGA — After a severe storm swept through Pine Lake Park during the Eddie Music Festival last year, doing tremendous damage to the park and to many camps, there were some who wondered if the park would open again this year. Pine Lake Park owner Jeff Houck was not among them. “This ...

Johnstown considers smoke-free park idea

JOHNSTOWN —Officials may consider making city properties like parks tobacco-free after hearing a representative of Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties address the Common Council Monday night at City Hall. Mayor Vern Jackson, a self-admitted “reformed” smoker, said that ...

New mayors elected in villages

New mayors were elected in the villages of Fultonville and Fort Plain Tuesday night. In Fultonville, village historian Ryan Weitz received 101 votes, while 60 write-in votes and five absentee ballots were cast. Weitz was the only candidate on the ballot Tuesday, after a ...

Inspector convicted in Wells bridge case

INDIAN LAKE — A Connecticut man has been convicted of a felony charge after state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said he falsified a safety inspection of a Hamilton County bridge in 2013. Akram Ahmad, 58, of Bridgeport, CT., was convicted after two-and-a-half days of testimony ...

Pictured is 9-21 Hoosac St. in Johnstown. The Common Council rejected a $1,000 offer for the plot. (Source: Johnstown City tax map  website)

City rejects property sale

JOHNSTOWN — A public speaker at the Common Council’s meeting Monday night criticized city officials for rejecting his offer to buy city property, but officials said his offer was too low. Prior to the council acting on the sale resolution Monday at City Hall, speaker Jason Hammer of 101 ...

Sheriff receives $10K grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department this week announced receipt of a nearly $10,000 state grant to fund overtime for deputies to work extra traffic enforcement details. “Most of the grant is targeted toward school zones,” Sheriff Richard Giardino said Tuesday. He said ...

Town of Johnstown Highway Superintendent T.J. Bradt points at board member Tim Rizzo during a heated exchange Monday night over the leasing of tractors.
(The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)

Town of Johnstown meeting opens with shocker, ends in dispute

JOHNSTOWN — The town of Johnstown board meeting Monday night began with the unexpected announcement of board member James Westover’s resignation ... due to his death. A woman identified as Beth McNeely, a friend of the Westover family, read this letter to the board during the public ...

Board president George Scala has confirmed the board has decided to close the David & Helen Getman Memorial Home, with a target date of June 15.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Getman Home closing

GLOVERSVILLE — The David & Helen Getman Memorial Home will be closing later this spring, its board of directors president confirmed Monday. In an email, board president George Scala confirmed the board has decided to close the home at 15 E. State St. No reason was given for the ...

Buyer interested in Karg land

JOHNSTOWN — A private individual has approached the city about obtaining part of the city-owned 5.3-acre former Karg Bros. tannery property off North Perry Street, Mayor Vern Jackson said Monday. The mayor said the “local” person doesn’t represent a business and he declined to provide ...

Village elections today

Village elections are being held in the region today, including two contested mayoral races in Montgomery County. Polls in all villages will be open until 9 p.m. In Fultonville, the contest is between village historian Ryan Weitz and the interim village mayor, George Donaldson, who does ...

Bridge repairs set to begin

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council has formally committed to a $551,000 project to replace the West State Street Bridge. The city will be seeking reimbursement through the state Department of Transportation. As part of DOT’s 2016 Bridge New York Program, the city was awarded $551,000 toward ...

Cook off kicks off season

GLOVERSVILLE — Chili connoisseurs and craft beer fans can find the best of their respective worlds at a downtown event this Saturday. The Cabin Fever Chili and Brew Tasting will kick off at 1 p.m. at the City National Common Building at 12 N. Main St. Gloversville Downtown Business ...

City to vote on $50K for PR agency to manage firefighters referendum

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council is planning to vote on a resolution Tuesday night that would see it transfer funds to a public relations account to pay for a firm that would manage a potential November referendum. The council is considering transferring $50,000 from its contingency fund ...

County ag district to add 550 acres

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s sole agricultural district is scheduled to add over 550 acres of properties in the towns of Broadalbin, Perth, Johnstown, Mayfield, Oppenheim and Ephratah. The Board of Supervisors last Monday authorized filing of a negative declaration under the state ...

Nursing home awarded $109K

JOHNSTOWN — The Wells Nursing Home was recently awarded a $109,000 grant from the state Department of Health to offer training to its staff to prevent avoidable hospitalization. Facility Administrator Neal VanSlyke said today the 100-bed nursing home on West Madison Avenue has received ...