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Manufacturers looking to add workers

Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a three-part series on the shortage of skilled workers in the trades and manufacturing. This part focuses on the causes. Repeated often enough, a mantra can be mesmerizing—everyone should have a four-year college degree to get a well-paying ...

Gloversville police discover alleged methamphetamine lab site

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department, assisted by state police, are currently investigating what is suspected to be a clandestine meth drug laboratory on Prospect Avenue. Members of both agencies could be seen Sunday — some donning hazardous materials suits — coming in and ...

Schoharie Crossing hosts powwow

FORT HUNTER — Native Americans of various tribes inside and outside New York gathered Saturday for the second of a three-day powwow celebrating Algonquin-Mohawk laywoman St. Kateri Tekakwitha and honoring veterans. “We’re the only people who sing and dance when veterans come back,” ...

CRG hosts a tour of the Holiday Inn

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and community leaders got a behind the scenes look at the hotel business during a tour of the Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn General Manager James Landrio led the CRG’s monthly business tour for elected officials around the hotel on June ...

Businesses grapple with skilled worker shortage

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the first of a three-part series on the shortage of skilled workers in the trades and manufacturing. Twenty to 25 years ago, when Stan Kucel, second-generation owner of Kucel Contractors in Gloversville, advertised for people skilled in building, he got ...

Doins parade gathers a great crowd

NORTHVILLE — With the heat wave just over, the annual Northville Independence Day parade was packed with onlookers—lots of children — on a sunny day Saturday. “I just like the people, the excitement,” said Regina Richardson of Northville, but Ava Daum, a village girl who was with ...

Glasswork on the Erie Canal

AMSTERDAM — Dozens of spectators made their way to Riverlink Park and onto the ‘GlassBarge” on June 27, despite the rain, to witness live glass blowing demonstrations, which took place for free every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In commemoration of both the Erie Canal ...

Fulton County seeks grant money

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is looking to use state grant money to purchase police video equipment and computer equipment for the county’s mobile command trailer. Purchase requests came recently from county Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria to the Board of Supervisors’ ...

Twilight Market returning to downtown Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — The second Twilight Market season will kickoff downtown on Friday with the first of three monthly summer events. Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings and the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth announced that the first Twilight Market will be held downtown ...

Buyer still sought for Karg Bros. site in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — The city continues to aggressively market the former Karg Bros. tannery site that taxpayers own off North Perry Street, but has had no serious offers, according to Mayor Vern Jackson. “It is definitely marketable,” the mayor said Thursday. The city on its website — ...

Funding for VHF system upgrade a priority for Fulton County Civil Defense

JOHNSTOWN — Funding for the second and final year of Fulton County’s $1.3 million VHF simulcast upgrade project is a priority among two proposed 2019 capital projects submitted by Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria. Santa Maria recently submitted a $462,000 capital project ...

New fee possible for use of gun range by retired officers

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is proposing that retired officers be charged a $20 fee to use the county’s firing range to recertify. Sheriff Richard Giardino said such officers were never charged before, but aren’t upset about a possible new fee. “Most of the ...

Fulton County Supervisors look to approve 2018-19 budget for FM

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors may adopt Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s tentative $19.8 million 2018-19 budget during its meeting Monday. Prior to action, the board will conduct a public hearing on the budget at 1:30 p.m. in the Supervisor’s Chambers. The ...

WENT owner sells station after 32 years

GLOVERSVILLE — The owner of WENT Radio, Jack Scott, agreed last month to sell the station after 32 years as president and general manager. Scott said Thursday he filed the sale of WENT Radio which broadcasts on channels 1340 AM and 105.1 FM to Michael Shaus of Schenectady with the Federal ...

Structure fire causes damage

OPPENHEIM — A massive structure fire caused major damage to a structure causing both the garage and porch roof to collapse. Several Herkimer and Fulton County Fire departments responded to the structure fire at 181 Bacon Brook Rd. at approximately 4:01 p.m on Wednesday. The Hilltop and ...

Man with autism survives 50 hours in woods

BLEECKER (AP) — A man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills to find drinkable water and stay safe while he was lost in New York’s Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave, according to forest rangers and family members. Bruce Williams floated on his back in a lake to conserve ...

‘Images of a Woman’ seminar set for July 18

JOHNSTOWN — The HealthLink Littauer, the community health and wellness service of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, announces its 22nd annual women’s wellness conference entitled, “Images of a Woman” will be held on July 18 at the Holiday Inn, 308 N. Comrie Ave.; choose to ...

Board makes personnel moves

JOHNSTOWN — Department coordinators were named for the 2018-19 school year among personnel moves made by the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Monday night at Johnstown High School. The board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Patricia Kilburn to approve ...

Annual Canal Days slated for Schoharie Crossing

FORT HUNTER — People who come to the annual Canal Days on July 14 and 15, can get hands-on experience helping to build a big balloon mural of an Erie Canal packet boat. For the first time, the company Airigami, which makes art out of environmentally friendly balloons, will be at the ...

Birthday celebration slated

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield Historical Society will celebrate the 250th birthday of Riceville’s namesake, Oliver Rice, who was born July 15, 1768, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, at Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Road. Mayfield’s hamlet of Riceville was named after its first prominent ...