Local News

A Johnstown Department of Public Works truck plows North Perry Street in Johnstown this morning.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Just the beginning: Up to 2 feet of snow expected

It snowed so hard today, the U.S. Postal Service couldn’t deliver the mail. A late winter storm, dubbed “Winter Storm Stella” by the National Weather Service, slammed into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states today, impacting more than 70 million residents and causing cancellations ...

Paper delivery delayed

Due to inclement weather, Tuesday's delivery of The Leader-Herald may be delayed until Wednesday.

Trish Isabella, the leader of Monday’s protest, thinks the “bed tax” is unbearable, so she lets her plush friend do the talking for her in front of North William Street in Johnstown.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

County approves 4 percent ‘bed’ tax

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday afternoon overwhelmingly approved a new 4 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax law despite a small protest outside and several property owners speaking inside during a public hearing. The Board of Supervisors voted 19-0 at the County Office ...

Gloversville begins school makeover

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District is beginning its first steps toward implementing its planned reconfiguration of the elementary school buildings. Superintendent Michael Vanyo said during Monday’s Board of Education meeting that the district has started the process ...

New Johnstown Water district established

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday established the county’s second water district, which will serve the Hales Mills Road Extension area from the city of Gloversville to the town of Johnstown. Fulton County has earmarked a 2017 capital project for a Smart Waters ...

Largest March storm was recorded in 1888

Albany-based National Weather Service forecaster Steve DiRienzo said the largest snowstorm in this area for March struck the Capital Region between March 11-14, 1888. That storm produced at least 45 to 50 inches of snow. He said the largest storms for Fulton and Montgomery counties include ...

Beech-Nut Demo plans move ahead

CANAJOHARIE — The Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency on Thursday approved hiring a firm to excavate portions of the former Beech-Nut baby food plant to determine if demolition of the eastern side of the 27-acre site will get the necessary state approvals to begin the project by ...

Police teams with NHTSA to warn partiers of impaired driving

GLOVERSVILLE — The city police department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to try and reach drivers with an important message before St. Patrick’s Day on Friday: buzzed driving is drunk driving. According to the department, St. Patrick’s Day is one ...

The beginning of the assembly line. Emily and her volunteers fill bags with food and ingredients that will be shipped all over the world.
(Photo submitted)

Emily’s hunger crusade

JOHNSTOWN — For Johnstown High School junior Emily Clizbe and her army of volunteers, their effort to provide meals for the hungry worldwide is very satisfying. “It makes me feel great,” Clizbe said last week at JHS. “I know I can help so many people in a certain way.” The local ...

Up to 18 inches of snow expected

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful nor’easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to our area and the rest of the Northeast. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late tonight through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey ...

Lunch program back in black

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s School Lunch Program is back in the “black,” but administrators and the Board of Education are grappling with other program concerns. School Business Manager Alice Sise told the board Thursday night at Glebe Street Elementary School ...

Supervisors facing ‘big’ Hales Mills decisions

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors today will consider four resolutions related to the Hales Mills Road Extension development project. “It’s going to be a big meeting,” county Planning Director James Mraz said Friday. The meeting was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. in ...

Gloversville Police Officer Wayne Hulslander Jr., left, and Mayor Dayton King stand in front of the new Safe Exchange Zone sign in front of Gloversville City Hall on Friday.
(The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Gloversville unveils zone to make safe exchanges

GLOVERSVILLE — City residents have a new spot to make child custody, private property, or E-commerce exchanges. On Friday, City Police unveiled the new Safe Exchange Zone directly in front of the police department at 3 Frontage Road for use by the public. According to the department, ...

Johnstown may streamline use of school facilities

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education next month will consider streamlining policy regarding use of district facilities by for-profit entities. Board President Kathryn Zajicek gave a brief report on facilities use during the board’s meeting Thursday night at ...

Marketing resolution on council agenda

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council is expected to vote on a resolution allowing the city to set aside funds for a marketing firm. During the council meeting set for Tuesday, the council has a resolution on its agenda that would see the city set aside $50,000 from the contingency account to ...

Police seek help in finding vandals

GLOVERSVILLE — City police are asking for the public’s assistance regarding a rash of criminal mischief complaints along Prospect Avenue. According to a news release, various items have been thrown at houses along with vehicles being egged in the area between Littauer Place and Yale ...

Johnstown reinstates all-night parking ban

JOHNSTOWN —With a major snowstorm expected to hit the area Tuesday, the city police department today reinstated its all-night parking ban. The ban for vehicles on city streets is usually in effect from midnight to 6 a.m., until April 1, but was recently lifted for good weather. The ...

Area news in brief

Historical Society meeting planned EPHRATAH — The Ephratah Historical Society will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Ephratah town barn, 3782 Route 10. The public is welcome to join the society. Concert and brunch event at Nigra Center Gloversville — The Paul Nigra Center for ...

Sherman’s committee to unveil 2 proposals

CAROGA — The Sherman’s Advisory Committee is set to provide the town board at its April 12 meeting with two proposals from entities interested in developing the former amusement park. Committee Chairman Kent Kirch said the 11-member panel has been meeting with two parties interested in ...

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team (Dive Team) is a public safety dive team. Currently the dive team is comprised of twelve divers who possess at a minimum, Master Diver Certification. In addition to certification received in a variety topics, team members practice on a monthly basis to enhance their skills. (Source: Saratoga County Sheriff's Office website)

Giardino: No dive team, yet

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t plan to commission a formal dive team this summer. But the agency is collaborating extensively with area law enforcement to save lives on the local waterways. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said the county at this time ...