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Dr. Irina Gelman, director of public health for the Fulton County Public Health Department, left,  receives an $80,000 Innovation Grant check from Nancy Greensleeve, executive director of community assessment and prevention of the Adirondack Health Institute in Glens Falls, and Geoffrey Peck of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, who is the Fulton County Region Population Health Network leader. The funds will be used to expand the county’s telehealth program after its pilot project is completed. (Photo submitted)

Health department gets $80K grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Public Health Department will begin a pilot telehealth program in July aimed at improving health care access throughout the county and decreasing rehospitalizations and unnecessary emergency room visits. After the department assesses the experiences and ...

FMCC aims for enrollment increase

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is hopeful it will see an increase in enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. During Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee William Easterly said that as of Thursday, 412 students have been enrolled for summer courses, an increase in ...

Enrollment for state scholarship begins

JOHNSTOWN — The Excelsior Scholarship has opened for applications. During Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger said the application process is underway from now until July 21. The state program will see the college tuition ...

Chldren play a game of bean bag tic tac toe during Summerfest at Knox Field on July 18, 2015. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Summerfest ’17 set for Saturday

JOHNSTOWN — The city is in for a full, special day Saturday at Knox Field. In addition to Johnstown High School’s graduation in the morning, the city’s Tourism/Special Events Committee will present the free, third annual 2017 Summerfest from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Knox Field. The rain ...

Sharlene LeRoy gives a presenation on the proposed switchover of the Gloversville Housing Authority from a Section 9 public housing structure to a section 8 voucher structure on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Expert explains public housing funding

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority is considering moving from a Section 9 public housing structure to a Section 8 housing voucher program in the coming year. On Thursday, Sharlene LeRoy, a consultant, came to speak with the board and answer questions from the commissioners, ...

At right are the Klu Klux Klan rally flyers in plastic baggies with kitty litter to keep them from blowing away were distributed in Northville and Mayfield this past weekend.  (Photo source: Fulton County Sheriff Department’s                Facebook page)

KKK rally posters show up in area

NORTHVILLE — The Klu Klux Klan has reared itself in Fulton County trying to stir up interest, county Sheriff Richard Giardino said today. The sheriff’s department is investigating whether any crimes were committed with the dispensing of KKK material over the weekend in Northville and the ...

Above is an artist’s rendering of the proposed Allen House. (Photo submitted)

Groundbreaking closing in

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is getting closer to an official groundbreaking at the Allen House project. FM President Dustin Swanger said during Thursday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting that ground breaking on the project should begin sometime this week. The college ...

City basin repair in sight

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Department of Public Works is looking at making repairs to city catch basins. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, DPW Director Dale Trumbull said he has spoken with a general contractor about pricing for new pre-cast catch basins. “The catch basins are ...

Single-stream recycling getting good reception by residents

JOHNSTOWN — After nearly four months in operation, Fulton County’s new single-stream recycling program is working, but the county is still providing breaks to those who aren’t quite complying yet. Starting in early March, the county launched single-stream recycling. It has been Fulton ...

Kevin Bradt places his daughter, Sabrina, into her stroller outside their Gloversville home on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

New dads learn the ropes of fatherhood

GLOVERSVILLE — Being a new father can be a daunting task for any man. His life changes radically with the wind. But as people reflect on Father’s Day today, it’s easy to forget the basics — the innocence of a spanking brand new helpless, precious child gazing up into the bright eyes ...

Prison ordered for contempt case

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who police said tied up a female victim with duct tape last winter and threatened to kill her faces up to three years in state prison. John A. Smith, 39, of 82 Fremont St., pleaded guilty Wednesday before Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony ...

Bob Nielsen of Wells measures a bass that was caught by Harlee Gavin of Corinth. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Gone fishing

NORTHAMPTON — More than 200 anglers showed up to vie for cash prizes for the longest fish, win raffle prizes, and just have a good time in the 26th annual Summer Fishing Contest at the Great Sacandaga Lake. The event was sponsored by the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation at Sport ...

Members of the former Glove Cities Colonials football team are shown at a team reunion Saturday at the Fulton County Historical Society. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Colonials celebrate history

GLOVERSVILLE — A display of the former Glove Cities Colonial semi-professional football team turned out to be a bigger event than expected at the Fulton County Historical Society Saturday. Most surprised in the standing-room-only crowd was Bill Pollak, a former Johnstown mayor and founder ...

Gloversville fire-pit regulations unfriendly

Let’s talk about something that burns me up. Now that outdoor backyard summertime fun is in full swing, let’s examine something that’s not so fun — getting a $25 annual “recreational” fire permit from the city of Gloversville. First, let’s start with the cost. Doesn’t it ...

County: ‘Deep concerns’ over reductions

JOHNSTOWN — Concerns regarding reductions in New York state veterans advisors to locations like Fulton County were expressed by the Board of Supervisors Monday at the County Office Building. The board voted through a resolution to express its “deep concern” about the state’s decision ...

Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District technician Scott Davies, right, watches as Collin Sullivan, a NRCS intern and in the water, and Julicia Godbout, center, AED coordinator, stock the Burbine Forest pond. (Photo submitted)

Fresh fish for area ponds

FULTONVILLE — The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District is up to something fishy—literally. The district has continued its annual fish-stocking work, this year targeting three ponds in the county this month. It has supplied 100 of both 10-to12-inch rainbow trout and ...

County endorses city’s $10M bid

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday endorsed the city of Gloversville’s 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative application that seeks a $10 million state grant. The city plans to submit the DRI application to the state to fund milestone projects and initiatives ...

Students visit area businesses

JOHNSTOWN — Students at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Pathways in Technology Early College in the high school have been making the rounds to local businesses and agencies to speak with them about a planned makerspace at the Jansen Avenue location. ...

New start time, proposals for Common Council on Monday

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council will consider property matters at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The meeting will be the first with a newer time of 6 p.m., as the council starting time has been 7 p.m. for many years, but was recently changed. “I know the property we put out ...

Public hearing set for phone surcharge

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday set a public hearing for July 10 regarding a proposed local law to mandate that people wishing to purchase a prepaid cell phone pay a surcharge. The hearing will be conducted at 2 p.m. that day in the board of supervisors chamber at the County ...