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Richard Peckham, executive principal/vice president of CSArch architects in Albany, discusses a Warren Street Elementary School boiler problem with the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Thursday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Heat boiler breaks down at Warren Street

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday night voted to pursue an emergency project utilizing existing capital funds to replace two old boilers at Warren Street Elementary School. Richard Peckham, executive principal/vice president of CSArch ...

Drug dealer’s sentence upheld

ALBANY — The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court last week affirmed a Fulton County Court jury conviction and 15-year sentence of Gloversville cocaine dealer Anthony M. aka “Smurf” Smith. Smith, 34, formerly of 105 N. Arlington Ave., appealed his Aug. 21, 2014 Fulton County Court ...

Investigation launched into propane shortage

ALBANY — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday that an investigation into possible misconduct by propane suppliers across New York has been opened. The investigation follows dozens of complaints received by his office during the recent record cold front regarding ...

Grant process started

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday authorized a pre-application to the Federal Aviation Administration seeking grant funding to augment over $1 million of work for runway and taxiway lighting projects at the county airport. The county’s 2018 capital plan includes an airport ...

Free mammograms, pap smears available

AMSTERDAM — Free mammograms and pap tests for women 40 to 64 who don’t have health insurance will be provided from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 3, Women’s Health Day at St. Mary’s Healthcare’s Rao Outpatient Pavilion, 4950 Route 30. Free cholesterol and glucose screening will also be ...

Gloversville Police Capt. Michael Scott, left, and Police Chief Marc Porter, right, stand before the audience during Tuesday's Common Council meeting. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor )

Time well served, captain retiring

GLOVERSVILLE — After 16 years on the job, Capt. Michael Scott will be retiring from the Gloversville Police Department Friday. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Police Chief Marc Porter officially said goodbye to Scott during a special presentation at the meeting. Porter said ...

A fire at 5431 Route10, Palatine, fills house with smoke. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Fire damages Palatine home

PALATINE — Thick, black smoke that could be seen a mile away as it poured out of a home at 5431 Route 10 where a structure fire occurred Wednesday. Fire departments were lined up and down the street to assist with the fire. At the scene was town of Mohawk Fire Department, Canajoharie ...

The suspect as he approached the home. (Photo submitted)

Search on for suspect

GLOVERSVILLE — City police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who tried to get into a city residence with what appeared to be a weapon earlier this week. Officers said they are investigating a suspicious incident which occurred on Tuesday at about 11:23 p.m., in the area ...

Capital projects on hold

GLOVERSVILLE — Work on the Gloversville Enlarged School District’s Capital Project has paused for the winter. Assistant Superintendent Steven Schloicka announced during Monday’s Board of Education meeting that exterior work will pick up again in the spring. The project is slightly ...

Supervisors approve beginning-of-the-year annual appointments

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors approved several beginning-of-the-year appointments Monday afternoon at the County Office Building. Appointed to the county Planning Board were: John Kessler, Frank Malagisi, Frank Lauria, James Anderson, Peter Goderie, Jerry Moore, ...

Tryon looking good as work continues

JOHNSTOWN — The visual appearance of the Tryon Technology Park is improving, the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency board heard Tuesday. IDA Executive Director James Mraz told the board that work has steadily progressed since last year on clearing brush and grass, and razing ...

Evidence seized in a Fulton County Sheriff's Department investigation of illegal sales of items by retailers to welfare recipients is displayed Tuesday at the sheriff's station in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Food stamp fraud snagged in sting

JOHNSTOWN — Three Gloversville businesses are facing charges from a joint Fulton County Sheriff’s Department-state investigation into the illegal sale of “dozens” of improper goods to persons using welfare food benefit cards. Sheriff Richard Giardino announced at a news conference ...

County airport gets state grant

JOHNSTOWN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced $20.5 million in funding for 29 airport projects under the Aviation Capital Grant Program, including a $27,000 award for a sign replacement project at the Fulton County Airport. A news release issued by the governor indicated this ...

BOCES P-Tech to be showcased nationally

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School has been named one of five schools nationwide chosen by the American Association of School Administrators and The Successful Practices Network to be showcased at AASA’s 2018 conference. According ...

Mother receives $4M award

WELLS — After nine years since the devastating fire that occurred at a state-ran group home in Wells, Delia Davila — the mother of Gloria Bonilla, who died from extensive injuries caused by the fire — was awarded $4 million in a trial for damages for pain and suffering. A decision by ...

Unified sports team to expand

GLOVERSVILLE — Following a successful first year, the Gloversville Enlarged School District Unified Sports Team will be expanding this school year. During Monday’s board of education meeting, High School Principal Richard Demallie announced bowling would be added to the Unified Sports ...

Emergency project to replace boilers for heating school set

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education will consider approval of an emergency project to replace heating boilers at Warren Street Elementary School at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Johnstown High School. According to the board agenda, the 27 year old ...

Official raises costs concerns for district

JOHNSTOWN — A housing official expressed some concerns about Fulton County’s proposed Sewer District No. 2 at the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday at the County Office Building. The board conducted a public hearing to receive comments regarding a map, plan and report prepared for the ...

Retiring Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz, center, is retiring Saturday. At right, county Administrative Officer Jon Stead reads a proclamation honoring Mraz Monday at the Board of Supervisors meeting at the County Office Building in Johnstown. At left is board Chairman James Groff. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Mraz honored by board of supervisors

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday honored retiring county Planning Director James Mraz for more than 38 years of service to the county. Following the reading of a proclamation by county Administrative Officer Jon Stead, supervisors gave Mraz a standing ovation at ...

Senior center pays off mortgage

GLOVERSVILLE — The Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County is looking forward to a busy and productive 2018 following a 2017 that saw it pay off the mortgage on the center’s building. The center has been working to pay off the mortgage at the 53 Church Street ...