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Marcia Gillis, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, fourth from left, is shown with Gloversville middle school students she brought with her to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium Saturday in Johnstown. They are , from left, Deidre Pinkerton, Emerald Van Avery, Kiana Ketchum, Autumn Hurdman, Symone Canty, Monica Ostrander and Maryam Nazir. Behind them is a quilt consisting of panels originally created by prominent suffragettes. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Symposium art contest draws 18 entries

JOHNSTOWN — This year’s Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium picked a winner. The sixth biennial symposium Saturday at HFM BOCES got 18 entries in its first art contest on the suffrage movement and women’s activism for middle and high school students in Fulton, Montgomery and ...

Teachers Jessica Beck and Brendan Doak are shown with a fifth-graders holding books donated by HFM Prevention Council at Barkley Elementary School in Amsterdam. (Photo submitted)

Awarded funds go for books

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery Prevention Council has received $2,500 from the Stewart’s Holiday Match program to buy books for all of the students that participate in its evidence-based substance abuse prevention program. The council has reached at least 1,000 students so ...

FMCC designing landscape

JOHNSTOWN—In an effort to have a more aesthetically-pleasing and easier-to-maintain look, Fulton-Montgomery Community College is continuing to plan a renovation of its landscaping around the campus. College president Dustin Swanger said the college is looking to streamline its landscaping ...

Larry Master took numerous photos of brown bears feeding on salmon in Katmai National Park in Alaska while in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Larry Master Ñ Masterimages.org)

An eye for nature

LAKE PLACID — Larry Master chuckled softly as he talked about his boyhood and how his mom and brothers noticed early on how much he liked to look out the window at the birds and squirrels. “My brothers were quite a bit older than me, and they had to babysit,” Master said over lunch this ...

Easter egg decorating class planned

GLOVERSVILLE — Olya Szyjka will teach Pysanky Easter egg decorating from 6 p.m. to 8:30 on April 10, in the teaching kitchen at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 Route 30. A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist ...

The signage of the United Methodist Church of Fonda-Fultonville in Fultonville on Thursday. Inset, in this provided photo, the church is shown in its former glory. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

From the ashes…

FULTONVILLE — After he heard the news that his church had burned down Tuesday night, Ted Leto said he was a little fearful his congregation might breakup and move onto other churches. When members of the United Methodist Church of Fonda-Fultonville held an emergency meeting at a ...

Jim Deming, a partner in Brower Road Sugar House, Mayfield, boils down some maple syrup to cover peanuts Saturday as, from left, Gayle Rodriguez and Cheryl and Louis Rinaldi, all of Saratoga Springs, watch. Brower Road is one of the maple syrup producers throughout the state participating in the 22nd annual Maple Open House Weekends this weekend and next. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Maple weekend off to good start

Making maple syrup is finicky business because the weather is finicky. “We like about 25 degrees at night and 45 degrees in daytime and sunshine,” said Jim Deming, a partner in Brower Road Sugar House in Mayfield, on Saturday. And temperature fluctuations have made everybody crazy this ...

In this February 20 photo, a worker seals the floor at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth of what will be the children’s room at the new home to the Gloversville Public Library during renovations. (Source: Gloversville Public Library’ Facebook page)

Ready to move

GLOVERSVILLE — Renovations are getting close to being finished at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth in preparation for the temporary home of the Gloversville Public Library. The library, which officially opened in 1905, is planning a total renovation of the building. During ...

John Reich hosts Talk of the Town at WENT 1340 radio station on Harrison Street in Gloversville. Reich passed away Friday. He was the mayor of Gloversville from 1990 to 1993.  (Source: Daniel Storto, “Gloversville New York official PAGE”)

Former Gloversville mayor John Reich dies

GLOVERSVILLE — John Reich, the city’s 29th mayor who served from 1990-93, died Friday. Reich’s niece Jenna Lee Reich announced his death to the public on Facebook. Reich was 63. “Friends of John Reich, I do not know how to contact many of you personally. I regret to have to share ...

Amsterdam farmers markets combine efforts

AMSTERDAM — In an effort to reduce confusion and take aim at the estimated 100,000 cars that travel from I-90 through Route 67 to Saratoga during the thoroughbred racing season, the Fulton Montgomery Country Farmers Markets Association and the Saturday Amsterdam Farmers Market have combined ...

Solar array contract approved

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized a contract between the county, town of Broadalbin and Onyx Solar to erect a 2-megawatt solar array farm in the town. Onyx Solar is a solar energy company with a global presence, which was founded in 2009 in Spain The ...

Council considers bridge project

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council will consider committing to a $551,000 project to replace the West State Street Bridge at its business meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The city will be seeking reimbursement through the state Department of Transportation. As part of DOT’s 2016 ...

Search for GESD superintendent replacement on

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education is seeking applicants for the position of interim superintendent of schools. The position is currently advertised on the website of Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The person ...

Drunk driver gets three years

JOHNSTOWN — A convicted Saratoga County drunken driver was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court to up to three years in state prison. Shelley A. Jones, 47, of Farmville Lane, Waterford, was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one to three years in state prison, as part of ...

Boil water advisory for some areas of Johnstown

The City of Johnstown Water Department has issued a boil water advisory due to a water main break in the vicinity of Abele Drive. The advisory is expected to remain in effect until Saturday. Residents will be advised when the boil water advisory has been rescinded. The break occurred ...

A standing-room-only crowd that included GHA residents, Mayor Dayton King and mayoral candidate William Rowback Jr., gathered Thursday night for the GHA board meeting.
(The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)

GHA acknowledges employees’ union

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to recognize the Civil Service Employees Association as the union representing its employees. GHA labor attorney Brian Goldberger, of the Goldberger and Kremer Law Firm in Albany, said the GHA board also ...

Kinderhook, Patriot banks to merge

CANAJOHARIE — Kinderhook Bank Corp. and Patriot Federal Bank announced Wednesday a merger of the two independent community banks. According to a news release from the two companies, the banks would operated under the Kinderhook Bank name, with 11 locations in five counties. The ...

A man goes cross-country skiiing on a path in the woods at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson on Jan. 25.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Winter businesses get a reprieve

NORTHVILLE — The more than two feet of snow dumped on the region Tuesday has helped to extend what had been a lackluster season for winter recreation businesses. Last week, Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center was down to less than one-third of its 38 kilometers of crosscountry ski trails. ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik opposes Trump on budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new $1.15 trillion budget would reshape America’s government with the broad, conservative strokes he promised as a candidate, ordering generous increases for the military, slashing domestic programs and riling both fellow Republicans and ...

Willing Helpers’ Home for Women Activities Director Debbie Gibson, left pours tea for resident Trudy Yost during their annual “Green Tea” St. Patrick’s Day event at the home on Thursday.  Members of the home’s board of directors enjoyed tea, coffee and festive cookies in the dining hall at the home in Johnstown. 
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

O’Happy Day

Willing Helpers’ Home for Women Activities Director Debbie Gibson, left pours tea for resident Trudy Yost during their annual “Green Tea” St. Patrick’s Day event at the home on Thursday. Members of the home’s board of directors enjoyed tea, coffee and festive cookies in the dining ...