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Sara Lewis, director of pupil services and special programs for the Greater Johnstown School District, gives a presentation to the Board of Education Thursday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

District meeting needs of students

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District is doing much to help special education and less fortunate students, an official told the Board of Education Thursday at Johnstown High School. Director of Pupil Services and Special Programs Sara Lewis of the district’s Special Education ...

Board, mayor agree on issues

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District officials will be attending the Common Council meeting Tuesday to hear what both the district and the city hope is resolution to traffic and parking issues at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School. The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City ...

Debbie Watnem offers some of her roasted chicken noodle soup to Michelle Lautman, president of the Cat Sanctuary and Information Center, at the center's Soupurr Cook Off Saturday at the Gloversville Senior Center. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Fundraiser for local cat sanctuary held

GLOVERSVILLE — Participants in Saturday’s second annual Soupurr Cook Off seemed to be overwhelmed. “It’s very hard to choose,” said Thomas Perito of Gloversville. “All of them [soups] are very good.” “I support the kitties and tasting some delicious soups,” said Sandy ...

Bluish green-colored snow is seen at the Gloversville salt storage building off Pine Street in Gloversville on Feb. 9. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

New component creating blue snow

Special to The Leader-Herald GLOVERSVILLE — With all of the snow and winter weather this month, residents of Gloversville may have noticed the appearance of some colorful snow on the streets and sidewalks. The blue-colored snow is believed to be the result of a new kind of salt used when ...

Sheriff calls for snowmobile safety

JOHNSTOWN —Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino this week put out a few safety reminder to the public in an effort to stem the spate of area snowmobile accidents that have resulted in injuries and death. Officials warn that despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough cold ...

Nate Wrabel and his daughter Rachel Williams slide down a hill on a sled as their dog Claire runs alongside of them at the Kingsboro Golf Club in Gloversville in 2014.  (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Still time for sledding fun

Nothing says “winter fun” quite like bundling up in scarfs and snowsuits, finding a snow-covered hillside and racing toboggans with friends and family. With the winter weather blowing into town, it’s no surprise that people are wanting to pick up a sled and feel that cold winter air rush ...

Maureen Mosher, RN, manager of Maternal Child Health, displays some of the contents from the baby boxes by The Baby Box Co. that new parents will be bringing home. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Keeping babies safe

GLOVERSVILLE — At Nathan Littauer Hospital, a new program is designed to see that every baby born in its hospital leaves with a safe sleeping space, thanks to the baby box. Maureen Mosher, RN and Manager of Maternal Child Health at the hospital, said the program was introduced Wednesday. ...

Contractors show up in force for bid

JOHNSTOWN — Thirty potential contractors attended a Greater Johnstown School District bid meeting Monday for firms interested in doing some of the $29 million worth of second phase work pending in the district’s capital project. The district has been working on a nearly $40 million ...

Man gets prison for burglary

JOHNSTOWN — The second co-defendant involved in a late summer Gloversville house burglary was sentenced Tuesday in Fulton County Court to state prison. Joel L. Wasson, 29, of 13 E. Decker St., Johnstown was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 2 1/2 to five years in state prison, as part of ...

Talarico set to be sworn in

JOHNSTOWN — Councilman-at-Large-Elect Craig Talarico will be sworn in at the Common Council business meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The new Republican city official — appointed Feb. 6 by the council — will be sworn in by City Court Judge Brett Preston. A 63-year-old resident ...

Dave Morrison of Broadalbin, left, and Chris Tylee of Gloversville unload furniture for Fulmont Community Church’s new location in Gloversville. )The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Fulmont Community Church moves into new home

GLOVERSVILLE — Saturday was moving up day for Fulmont Community Church. For a church that started in a front yard in 1998, then rented space consecutively in two commercial buildings, owning an actual church building was a dream of at least 10 years that has come true. While noting “the ...

FMCC: ‘You are welcome here’

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton Montgomery Community College is letting students know they are welcome at the college. During Thursday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting, college president Dustin Swanger said he sent out a statement to students and introduced a new video about inclusion to students at ...

Mayor says Johnstown’s fire department might help JAVAC

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson said Wednesday there exists a “possibility” the city Fire Department may help the struggling Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. in some way. That form of help hasn’t been detailed, and corps staff have declined to comment. Fire Chief Bruce ...

Auction of Gloversville parking lot close: Feb. 28 hearing set

GLOVERSVILLE — The city may soon be able to go forward with a planned auction of a city owned parking lot, near downtown. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, city attorney Anthony Casale said the city has received a survey and description for the lot at the corner of Cayadutta and ...

Suffrage, activism focus of student art contest

Special to The Leader-Herald To highlight the suffrage movement and women’s activism, an art show and competition for student artists in middle school and high school in Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties will be part of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium. The daylong ...

Johnstown Fire Chief Bruce Heberer points to the house on fire at 223 N. Perry St. in Johnstown on Friday.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

All escape fire

Johnstown Fire Chief Bruce Heberer directs his men to the house on fire at 223 N. Perry St. in Johnstown on Friday night. No one was injured, and a pet was reportedly rescued from the blaze that started around 9 p.m. Firefighters from Johnstown and Gloversville responded. There were no ...

Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education members listen during a board budget workshop Thursday night at Johnstown High School. From left are: Kathy Dougherty, Ronald Beck, Angela Clizbe and Jennifer Sponnoble.(The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Board planning budget

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday discussed possibly staying within the district’s state-imposed 6.2 percent property tax levy cap for the 2017-18 district budget. School Business Manager Alice Sise told the board that staying within that ...

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A referee goes over the robot course points with Owen Compani, left, and Giovanni Barbosa of the Broadalbin-Perth School District's Fully Charged for Rescue  team at a First LEGO competition Feb. 11 in Latham.

B-P school team advances in LEGO science challenge

BROADALBIN—Military and police service dogs go head-first into danger—without body armor—and almost half die of head injuries. A seven-student Broadalbin-Perth Middle School team in a First LEGO competition this year decided to do something about that. Eighth-grader Kade ...

Housing authority: Audit shows savings

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted to approve a financial audit that showed the GHA had operating losses totaling $2 million between 2011 and 2015, and a net profit of $57,863 for 2016. The GHA board held a public meeting at its DuBois Garden ...