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Gloversville is trying to win $10 million in funding aimed at revitalizing downtowns. Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings said a committee, established in March, has been working on the application. 
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

City aims at $10M prize to revitalize downtown

GLOVERSVILLE —The city is gearing up for a potential second go at $10 million in funding aimed at revitalizing downtowns. New York state will likely again introduce the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, awarding $10 million to 10 cities, one for every one of the 10 regional economic ...

Prescription drug takeback event Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — City police and the Drug Enforcement Agency will be holding a prescription drug takeback event for city residents on Saturday. According to a news release from city police, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, 3 Frontage Road. This event will be ...

Sewer rates may rise in Glove Cities

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s 2017-18 sewer rates are proposed to increase by 2 percent for Glove Cities residential customers and 9 percent for industrial users. Fiscal officer Donna Renda presented the rates recently to the Gloversville-Johnstown ...

The rush for the sun and wind

As the local region celebrated Earth Day Saturday, an ever increasing number of solar clean energy projects are looking for land in Fulton and Montgomery counties. Advancing efficiency in solar cell technology and decreasing production costs have converged with the relatively inexpensive cost ...

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Sheriff’s receives $29,690

JOHNSTOWN — The Sean Craig Memorial Fund Inc. has awarded the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department $29,690 to buy state-of-the-art, high-resolution sonar equipment for underwater search-and-rescue operations in the Fulton, Montgomery and Saratoga county region. The donation, which has to be ...

Despite chilly, windy weather, Eva Mycek of Amsterdam climbs atop metal playground apparatus at the Schoharie Creek Boat Launch during Canal Clean Sweep Saturday as people clean the park grounds behind her.  (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Celebrating Earth Day at Schoharie Crossing

FORT HUNTER — Yesterday’s windy, chilly and overcast day was not auspicious for cleaning up the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Still, 31 volunteers showed up for the area component of the statewide Canal Clean Sweep, according to David Brooks, educational director of the state ...

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FM’s 25th annual Regional High School Exhibit show

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Perrella Gallery is awash in color thanks to art work created by regional students. The 25th annual Regional High School Exhibition is currently underway at the college. The exhibition features artwork from 95 students from 12 school ...

Ella Wyder of Mayfield and Paul Russo of Johnstown listens as Pamela Roger, right, explains the Glove Cities Huddle at the Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair Saturday at the town park on Main Street. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Fossil fuels, sustainability, and caring for Mother Earth

JOHNSTOWN — “Eat Less Meat,” “Resist Fossil Fuels,” and “Cattle=Methane, Methane=51% Greenhouse Gases.” These lawn signs greeted people along the town park on Main Street for the Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair on Saturday. “We’re encouraging people to invest in clean ...

Keeping the public informed through websites

A public speaker at a recent Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting chastised supervisors for not keeping the county’s website up-to-date with board minutes. Voila! Supervisor minutes are all current now. Perhaps a public shaming was enough. Maybe the Fulton County Industrial ...

The doors near the new temporary home of the Gloversville Public Library is shown on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Library set to re-open Monday

GLOVERSVILLE — Patrons of the Gloversville Public Library will be able to check out the new location at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth starting Monday at 3 p.m. The library closed its doors at its 58 E. Fulton St. location on April 15. The CRG building will be the library’s ...

Defense attorney J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr. opens the  car door for his client Bentley Valdez outside of Stratford Town Court Friday.  (The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)

Dog owner pleads not guilty to abuse

STRATFORD — Bentley Valdez, 55, pleaded not guilty to 22 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide sustenance to dogs Friday during his arraignment in town court. Bentley has been charged as the owner of 22 French mastiffs found starving to death at 404 County Highway 104. When York State ...

County pushes forward with tax

JOHNSTOWN — All owners of living spaces in Fulton County this week are receiving letters from county government explaining who is responsible for collecting the county’s new 4 percent occupancy tax, starting July 1. A registration application for those charged with collecting the tax must ...

The crosswalk at the intersection of North Main Street and Church Street is shown on Friday. Downtown specialist Jennifer Jennings is proposing the use of creative crosswalks to get drivers to slow down and to spark interest in spending time, and money, downtown Gloversville.  (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

‘Creative crosswalks’ eyed for downtown Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings is looking to make some changes in downtown to get drivers to slow down and have more people stop and walk around. During Friday’s Fulton County Center for Regional Growth meeting, Jennings spoke about ongoing plans that ...

Family Dollar closing June 2

JOHNSTOWN — Family Dollar on Route 30A is closing this spring, but may eventually be replaced by a similar store. Store staff of Family Dollar at 200 N. Comrie Ave., confirmed this week that the store will close June 2. Many signs inside and outside the store are advertising big ...

Second crime kiosk sought

GLOVERSVILLE — Following a successful first month in Gloversville and Utica, the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers are currently fundraising for another anti-crime kiosk that will be named in honor of two dogs that were killed in a Montgomery County break in. The kiosk, which was installed at ...

Johnson Jog Co-Director Ron Robinson discusses details about the upcoming event at the Johnstown Common Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. Looking on is 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

Johnson Jog set for May 13

JOHNSTOWN — Details of next month’s sixth annual Johnson Jog 5K Run/Walk in the city were shared with the Common Council Monday night at City Hall. Event Co-Director Ron Robinson told the council the event starts at 9 a.m. May 13 at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall ...

The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor 
Members of the Gloversville Housing Authority Board are shown during Thursday's board meeting at  Dubois Gardens.

Inspector General’s office looking into GHA

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority has been visited by a member of the New York State Office of the Inspector General. During Thursday’s meeting of the Gloversville Housing Authority Board, GHA resident Robert Castiglione asked the board about a possible visit by someone ...

Fultonville mayor rails against his trustees

FULTONVILLE — Tensions are escalating between newly elected village Mayor Ryan Weitz and several members of the village’s board of trustees. Weitz and the trustees have been at odds since Weitz’s decision to dismiss interim clerk-treasurer Kelley O’Kosky and retain the services of ...

A charred 1973 Corvette sits in the garage at 214 North Chase St., in Johnstown following a fire Thursday afternoon. A quick response by the Johnstown Fire Department contained the blaze to the garage. The remains of insulation and other debris lay strewn on the driveway. The dwelling sustained smoke damage, but remained habitable, according to Fire Chief Bruce Heberer.
(The Leader-Herald/Al Vieira)

Firefighters’ quick work contains blaze to garage

JOHNSTOWN — A quick response by city firefighters may have saved the home at 214 North Chase St.. A fire that broke out in the home’s garage Thursday was contained there and extinguished within minutes of a 9-1-1 call at 5:17 p.m. placed by an electrician working at the home. The ...