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County signs sewer specs contract

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week authorized a $50,000 contract with a Saratoga County firm to prepare design plans and specifications for a Vail Mills sewer collection system. The board’s agreement approved at the County Office Building is with Environmental ...

Gordon Cornell, village historian for Broadalbin. Photo submitted

Historian to be honored

BROADALBIN — At today’s Board of Trustees meeting in Broadalbin, trustees will be honoring village Historian Gordon Cornell. The trustees will present Cornell with a copy of a resolution they adopted in September to honor his years of service to the community. According to the ...

Sen. Charles Schumer talks with new parents, Jessica and Derek Hermann and baby Amelia, as he learns about the Nathan Littauer Baby Box program. Amelia was born Oct. 4. Photo submitted

Baby Box program at Nathan Littauer continues to be popular with parents

GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Baby Box program is still going strong, with new parents taking home a bundle of baby products and a safe space for their new arrival to rest. The hospital began the program earlier this year and has seen new parents take home a box containing ...

Six-year capital plan approved

JOHNSTOWN — The city Water Board on Tuesday approved a six-year capital plan for the city Water Department. “This is a six-year plan we always have to put together,” board Vice President George DiMarco said Friday. Board approval of the $765,000 plan came Tuesday night at the board ...

Officials pass Adirondack law

JOHNSTOWN — State legislative action involving the Adirondacks and boating laws were on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors agenda Tuesday afternoon at the County Office Building. The board passed a resolution supporting a statewide ballot proposal that eliminates the need for Adirondack ...

Local history round table discussion set

FORT PLAIN — The second installment of the monthly Local History Round Table will take place at the Fort Plain Free Library Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More than two dozen people participated in the first forum at the Fort Plain Free Library in September. Participants from Fulton and ...

Debt-service issue nets $386K

JOHNSTOWN —Bills and payments were topics of discussions for the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board this week. At Wednesday’s board meeting, Gloversville Finance Commissioner Tammie Weiterschan presented the board with a $385,847 check following the discovery of an issue with debt ...

Almost time for annual budget ritual

It’s almost time for the annual budget ritual that occurs with the government news beats I cover. Procedures involve taking county and city departments’ monetary “wish lists” for the coming year and throwing them into one big pot of gold. After weeks of pooling all these budgetary ...

Dance Master Dolan didn’t stint on advertising, as this Sept. 17, 1904 full-page spread attests. Photo courtesy of Peter Betz

Dancing, like it or not

After finding a copy of Gloversville High School’s March 1905 Oracle, “Published monthly during the school year, 50 cents per year,” with the intention of donating it to our county museum, I noticed the following item under the headline, “The Benefit.” “Two performances of ...

Finishers run the gauntlet of colored powder at the 3K Color Run/Walk fundraiser Saturday, sponsored by the Johnstown elementary schools Parent-Teacher Association. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Running through the colors

JOHNSTOWN — Colored powders are what impressed the kids the most. Elementary schools children, parents and staff were covered with multicolored powders they threw at one another during the second annual 3K Color Run/Walk fundraiser at the city’s high school fields Saturday. Just as ...

Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan, third from left, reads a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fulton County at the county Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday at the County Office Building in Johnstown.The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

DV awareness month proclaimed

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the county. Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan read the proclamation - signed by board Chairman Mike Kinowski - at the board session at the County Office ...

Local man charged with felony drug counts

FULTONVILLE — Following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle on Oct. 3, Shawn L. Stock, 30, of Johnstown, was charged with three felonies on Oct. 5 by state police. According to Trooper Mark Ciepel, public information official for New York State Police, on Oct. 3 while on patrol, a ...

The 10 surviving mastiffs of the original 22 rescued from an alleged animal abuse case pose with their owners at a reunion at Pine Park in Broadalbin Saturday sponsored by the Brennan Memorial Humane Society in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Surviving ‘Stratford 22’ mastiffs get together for ‘family’ reunion

BROADALBIN — Dogs like reunions too. Ten remaining mastiffs adopted after an alleged animal abuse case in April in Stratford were reunited like a big family Saturday at Pine Park. They sniffed and nuzzled and wagged their tails. They hadn’t forgotten one another. The reunion, called ...

Friends of Madison Oechler, from left in foreground, Abby McNamara and Brandi Hirschheld, and Brandi's grandmother, Donna Hirscheld, all of Amsterdam, work at a table collecting donations and selling bracelets Friday at the Fulton County Fall Festival in Gloversville, a fundraiser for Oechler. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Festival benefits teen with TBI

GLOVERSVILLE — This week was a good news week for accident victim Madison Oechler and her family from Broadalbin. Madison, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a passenger in a two-car crash on June 13 in Broadalbin, has been home in that town from Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in ...

City withdraws support for company

JOHNSTOWN — The city is withdrawing its involvement with a $405,000 grant for Johnstown Renewables LLC – the firm whose $17 million construction project for a plant to manufacture acid whey was halted midway last spring. The Common Council will consider a resolution Monday to withdraw a ...

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer gestures in support of the tool belt given to him by Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home filled with energy bars for all the work ahead of him. Holding the tool belt is Laurence Kelly, CEO and president of Littauer. (Photo submitted)

Schumer in town advocating for expired health programs

GLOVERSVILLE — Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, was in Fulton County on Friday to advocate for “immediate renewal” of two health programs that have expired. Schumer was at Nathan Littauer Hospital to speak about the Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare-Dependent Hospital programs and tour ...

Jake Feathers

Second man charged with incest

BROADALBIN — A Broadalbin man was arrested by New York State Police on Friday and charged with third-degree incest. Jake Feathers, 42, of Broadalbin was arrested for third-degree incest and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child. Feathers was arraigned in the town of Perth ...

Marianne Schrom gives the "More Than Sad" presentation for suicide prevention on Tuesday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Parents learn about teen suicides

BROADALBIN — Parents of Broadalbin-Perth came together on Tuesday for the “More Than Sad” program presented by Marianne Schrom. Schrom spoke to the parents about mental health, suicide statistics, suicide prevention and how to recognize signs of depression in their children. “My ...

Two drunk drivers sentenced

JOHNSTOWN — Two convicted drunk drivers were sentenced this week in Fulton County Court. Peter R. Anadio, 53, of 139 Highlands Road, Gloversville, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Louise K. Sira to five years probation; $1,500 fine, installation of an ignition interlock device, and a one-year ...

From left, Sgt. Jamaal Johnson, of Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District, Chief Doug Hulbert Jr., of Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, Sen. James Tedisco, Chief Doug Ellsworth, of Northville Firemen's Association, and Chief Mark Souza, of Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company, all pose with checks on Wednesday at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.  (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Sheriff’s, volunteer fire dept.’s get $70K

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and three volunteer fire departments were given a total of $70,000 in safety grants on Wednesday. Sen. James Tedisco announced the four new public safety grants the sheriff’s department and the fire companies received. The four ...