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The Grove Street side of the former Diana Knitting Mill in Johnstown is seen Thursday. Townsend Leather of Johnstown, which is expanding into the building, hopes to start some construction by fall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Plans move forward for Townsend

JOHNSTOWN — Townsend Leather, which two months ago received approval from the city to renovate the former Diana Knitting Mill building, is working on financing for its project and may start work this fall. The Townsend Avenue firm, which dyes and produces leather goods for vendors ...

Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Robert M .Furman III gets an earful of appreciation from Harley Woung during his safety presentation Friday at the annual Kids Day sponsored by the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Safety-oriented ‘Kids Day’ teaches in a fun-filled way

CAROGA LAKE — “It’s awesome” is the way Aiden Simmonds described being able to get inside fire engines with his friend Joseph Horan. The Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company, which sponsored its annual safety-oriented Kids Day Friday, hopes that sentiment continues and children at the ...

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Elk Street Park gets makeover

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials have taken steps to help make Elk Street Park safer and more aesthetically pleasing. Police Chief Marc Porter told the Common Council during Tuesday’s meeting that the city’s Department of Public Works and National Grid crews went through and trimmed ...

Shared services plan on agenda

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday is slated to approve the 2017 Shared Services Panel’s plan and report. The board meets in monthly session starting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building. A public hearing is on the agenda for 2 p.m. to receive ...

Roof and electrical repairs eyed at Tryon

JOHNSTOWN — Roof and electrical repairs are on the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency’s to-do list for several Tryon Technology Park buildings. The IDA board was briefed on pending repairs at its meeting Tuesday morning at the Fort Johnstown Annex. Agency Executive Director ...

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Littauer women’s wellness program well-attended

GLOVERSVILLE — More than 200 women took part in an afternoon an evening focuses on their health. On Wednesday, HealthLink Littauer hosted its 21st annual Women’s Wellness Conference, “Images of a Woman” at the Johnstown Holiday Inn. According to Nathan Littauer Hospital, this ...

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education President Matt Sullivan and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand listen in as Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President Ronald Peters speaks to local officials and members of the media at a press conference at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School on Thursday to speak with students. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Gillibrand announces new broadband bill

FONDA — Further reaching internet connections could be coming rural areas in Fulton and Montgomery counties thanks to a new bill introduced in the senate. On Thursday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced at a press conference at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary that a bill has been introduced in ...

Library focus groups not so public

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown Public Library Board of Trustees-hired consultant didn’t want details from this week’s series of public focus groups she conducted made public so she shut out The Leader-Herald. Libby Post, president of Albany-based Communication Services, is working with the ...

County one step closer to tax override option

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee last week took action on two matters related to taxes involving a potential cap override and extension of sales tax. The full board will vote on both at Monday’s monthly meeting at the County Office Building. The ...

Terry Ryan of Integrated Business Solutions gives a presentation to the Montgomery County Legislature Tuesday night. (The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)

County to switch to NAPA vendor

FONDA — After listening to a complex, hour-long pitch from Integrated Business Solutions Division Manager Terry Ryan, the finance committee of the Montgomery County Legislature voted to move to the full legislature a resolution outsourcing the county’s mechanical parts purchasing to NAPA ...

Members of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency board review Fulton County's new newsletter Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michae Anich)

Site selector symposium planned for county, IDA

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County and its economic development agencies will conduct a Site Selector’s Symposium next month. James Mraz, executive director of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, said the public portion of the event will be from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Holiday ...

New course work at FMCC to help students succeed

GLOVERSVILLE — Transitions and the State University of New York at Fulton-Montgomery Community College announced a partnership to offer a Certificate of Completion in Career and Life Studies. The new certificate program combines credit-bearing courses at FMCC with a non-credit curriculum at ...

Clown to be featured at library

GALWAY — The Galway Public Library, 5264 Sacandaga, will host the clown, BJ & Co. on Tuesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. "Kids Under Construction." In keeping with the summer reading program theme of Build a Better World, the presenter will come as BJ the construction worker. She will do a fun, ...

Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz, standing, shows maps of the Tryon Technology Park to the IDA board Thursday at the Fort Johnstown Annex. Left and right are board members William Sullivan and Todd Rulison. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

County studying sale of Tryon buildings

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency is thinking of selling two of the prominent buildings at the Tryon Technology Park in Perth. The IDA owns the park off County Highway 107, which used to be the longtime site of the state’s former Tryon Detention Facility. The ...

Van Genderen announces run for Broadalbin supervisor

BROADALBIN — Bruce Van Genderen, the former Gloversville finance commissioner, has announced his intension to run for town supervisor as an independent. Van Genderen, a 45-year resident of the town, said he decided to run for supervisor after discussions with current supervisor Thomas ...

Hazardous waste drop-off set

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste will conduct its annual free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the department, 847 Mud Road, town of Johnstown. An appointment is needed to drop off household hazardous waste. To register, the ...

Hotel study moves forward

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday will consider approving a roughly $20,000 contract with a Chicago firm to study whether placing a new hotel in the county is feasible. County Planning Director James Mraz last week reminded the board’s Economic Development and ...

A catch basin along Washington Street near the intersection with Fremont Street is shown this morning. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

City wants to replace catch basins

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council is considering seeking a request for proposal for pre-cast catch basins. During Tuesday’s meeting, the council discussed ongoing issues with the city’s catch basins. The city has been looking for ways to repair many of the city’s catch basins that ...

IDA applying for $100K marketing grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency board on Tuesday authorized an application to National Grid for a possible $100,000 matching grant to benefit Fulton County’s marketing campaign. The IDA would serve as a pass-thru for the grant, of which the agency itself is not ...

Pictured above is the entrance to City Hall with the new sidewalk installed. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

City Hall work completed, sidewalk installed

GLOVERSVILLE — The city’s department of public works has completed its work on the sidewalks in front of city hall. The city Department of Public Works began the process of replacing the sidewalk at the front entrance to the hall in June. During that time, the public needed to access ...