Local News

Vehicle exchange planned

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night approved exchanging a city vehicle with Fulton County. The council passed a resolution at City Hall to do an “even exchange” of the city’s 1992 International dump truck for the county’s 2009 freight van. The dump truck was a surplus ...

Board of Supervisors authorizes reinstatement of SIPP program

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week authorized a contract starting in October between the county and the Gloversville Enlarged School District to reinstate the School Intervention Partnership Program, or SIPP. The program will be run at Gloversville Middle School ...

Annual Lexington Night Out gala planned

GLOVERSVILLE — The Lexington Foundation’s fourth annual Night Out celebratory fundraising gala will be held at on Thursday. This year’s gala will tumble to new heights as The Greatest Night Out when the event tent and the Paul Nigra Center will be transformed into a big top full of ...

100 Women Who Care give to Haven of Hope

FONDA — The new local organization 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills has once again proven it truly does care. The group supports an innovative concept of “collective philanthropy,” and on Saturday presented a $13,000 check to Haven of Hope Farm and Residence — ...

Johnstown reviews fire agency proposals

JOHNSTOWN — Two proposals were made to the town regarding contract updates for the Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire Department and the Pleasant Square Volunteer Fire Department. Both fire departments submitted budget reports to the town board and a public hearing was held during the ...

2 coroners planned in some cases

JOHNSTOWN — A new policy to allow Fulton County’s coroner and deputy coroner to respond together to death scenes determined to be “complex” was adopted last week by the Board of Supervisors. The resolution passed at the County Office Building notes that in accordance with the ...

Fire department gets $9K grant for 511 safety parkas

FLORIDA — The Florida Volunteer Fire Department made the announcement on Saturday it had purchased “511” parkas to raise awareness of the Move Over Law on roads and highways. The fire department purchased the “511” safety parkas through a $9,000 grant secured by Sen. George ...

Marine patrol gets two gifts

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors last week accepted $2,700 from two donations for the Sheriff’s Department’s Marine Patrol Program. The Board of Supervisors authorized Sheriff Richard Giardino to accept a $2,200 donation from the Sacandaga Triathalon Club and a $500 donation from ...

Canal Corp opens gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — With heavy rains expected at times today, Montgomery County Emergency Management and the New York State Canal Corporation have been preparing in case of any flooding in the area. The Canal Corporation announced Monday they were opening the upper gates of movable dams at ...

Gloversville Enlarged School District looking at improved busing

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District is exploring options to improve busing and pickup locations for city students. School Superintendent David Halloran reported to the Board of Education Sept. 10 that he has been meeting with city leaders looking for ways to improve ...

Caroga looks at employee salaries, rates

CAROGA — Town board members discussed possibly hiring a third party to evaluate the salaries of town employees. The issue was raised during the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday by Town Clerk Linda Gilbert who said town employees should be fairly compensated. Gilbert had tried in ...

Women’s health expo held

MAYFIELD — For the most part, the Women’s Health and Fitness Expo Saturday at Mayfield Conference Center, 145 Riceville Road, was not a vigorous event, except for Taylor Made’s Aqua Training Bag. Ryan Ercoline of Mayfield put on boxing gloves and gave the flexible hanging ball his best ...

Gloversville gets state accolades

GLOVERSVILLE — The city was announced as one of the more than 200 communities across the state to earn the Clean Energy Community designation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “These 200 communities serve as a model for cities and towns across this state and this nation to reduce energy use and ...

Lawsuit filed by former inmates

FONDA — A class-action lawsuit and a conditions-of-confinement case was filed by former inmates Perry Hill and James Rogers against Montgomery County, Sheriff Michael Amato and now-retired Montgomery County Correctional Facility administrator Michael Franko alleging the Montgomery County Jail ...

Being Robert W. Chamber’s son wasn’t much fun

One would think being a wealthy author’s son would be nice, but for Robert Edward Stuart Chambers, life with or beyond father became pretty much a series of hard knocks. More approachable to Broadalbin citizens than his father who generally secluded himself, Robert Jr. at least tried to ...

How to be prepared for an emergency situation

There are many things in life we can predict — the weather, sports outcomes or stock market trends. However, one thing we can’t predict is when an emergency will occur.  Therefore, we must educate and prepare ourselves for the unexpected. While preparing for an emergency or natural ...

Catholic Charities takes on e-cigarettes

JOHNSTOWN — Catholic Charities of Fulton & Montgomery Counties is taking on new health issues these days on the e-cigarette front, as adult cigarette smoking remains well above the state average in both counties. The city-based agency is in the last year of a $1.3 million grant through ...

Regional Animal Shelter’s seventh annual Woofstock fundraiser draws a crowd

GLOVERSVILLE — After Will Klohe of Mayfield adopted Lucas, a pitbull-Rottweiler mix, from the Regional Animal Shelter, he was so impressed with the care the dogs got, he became a volunteer and came to its major annual Woofstock fundraiser Saturday. “It was a very, very clean place,” he ...

Executive director brings good news

JOHNSTOWN — Mohawk Valley Economic Development District Executive Director Stephen Smith brought good news to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday. In the public speaker portion of the board meeting at the County Office Building, Smith announced his agency’s recent work with ...

Veterans honored at annual picnic sponsored by Assemblyman

GLOVERSVILLE — When Fulton County Undersheriff Dan Izzo served as a Navy SEAL in Bosnia, each of the men got the choice of two weeks off. Izzo decided to be home for his sixth wedding anniversary and a celebratory dinner, having missed the previous ones because of military service. He was ...