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Students told to be ‘unique’ and follow their own path

FORT PLAIN — Be unique. The valedictorian and salutatorian of Fort Plain High School stressed the value of being yourself at the Fort Plain High School graduation yesterday. “Life loses its luster if you decide to give in and be just like everyone else,” advised Valedictorian Bryce ...

New director for historical society named

JOHNSTOWN — Part-time Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino has been named the new first-time, full-time executive director of the Fulton County Historical Society. Hall-Saladino, who started Thursday in the position, informed the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and ...

New hours eyed for PDA office

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday proposed establishing a nights and weekend on-call rate for Public Defender’s Office staff providing counsel at arraignments. Public Defender Roger Paul requested setting the rate at the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee ...

Caring group of 29 honored in Northville

NORTHVILLE — The Northville Central School Class of 2019 put their high school days behind them on Friday, but district staff said the school will be forever changed due to their spirit. “I don’t know when I’ve seen another class like this, congratulations to all of you together, I’m ...

Grimshaw offers advice to Canjo graduates

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie Central School District Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw urged graduating high school students of the Class of 2019 to have fun Friday night during commencement, like they’re used to doing anyway. “As a group, you are fun,” the superintendent told the class. ...

OESJ graduates celebrate their shared experiences

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville graduating class of 2019 looked back on all the memories they shared including the merger that brought them together during the school district’s sixth annual commencement Friday. Each one of the 52 students walked across the stage ...

Ruby & Quiri seeks expansion

JOHNSTOWN — Giant home furnishings store Ruby & Quiri on Route 30A is looking to construct a 16,000-square-foot building to the south to warehouse furniture. A site plan for the $700,000 project will come before the city Planning Board for its review at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. On ...

Chamber promotes cycling event

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is promoting a fall “Bike Thru History” cycling event due to come through the area. Chamber Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs reported on the event at the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and ...

Palatine’s effort to purchase county-owned building on hold

FONDA — For a second time, the Montgomery County Legislature tabled the resolution that would allow the county to sell a former Pizza Hut building to the town of Palatine during its Tuesday meeting. According to the resolution, Montgomery County obtained the property through a tax ...

Broadalbin-Perth’s Class of 2019

BROADALBIN — “Wisdom” was the watchword used by Valedictorian Gabrielle Larsen in her speech at Broadalbin-Perth High School’s 2019 commencement ceremony during a pleasant Thursday night at Patriot Field. A total of 123 graduates received diplomas, awards and they heard speeches by ...

Solar farm proposed

GLOVERSVILLE — Representatives of Eden Renewables were on hand Wednesday at the Pine Brook Golf Course to answer questions and receive feedback from area residents during an open house on a community solar farm proposed for the site. Eden Renewables, a Troy based developer of community ...

New type of ‘museum’ opens in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — A sprawling new museum featuring art and artifacts on display at multiple downtown locations has been organized to connect area residents with objects that Director David Aust hopes will spark joy as people come across the showcases while making their way through the ...

Sheriff presents $250K proposal

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown and Sheriff Richard Giardino on Monday presented over $250,000 in proposed 2020 capital projects aimed at fighting crime in the county next year. In separate presentations to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, Brown ...

NextEra Energy donates $8K for K-9

FONDA — With the retirement of K-9 Kilo, NextEra Energy donated $8,000 to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department to purchase a new dog for its K-9 program. NextEra Energy donated the money on Tuesday. Kilo serves at the correctional facility with his partner, Montgomery County ...

City residents: Is South Main being ignored?

GLOVERSVILLE — Community members concerned that the city is limiting its focus downtown to North Main Street are asking officials to consider making improvements to South Main Street. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Brandon Rowback approached the city asking that recent ...

Arrest made in Amsterdam homicide

AMSTERDAM — Police made an arrest on Tuesday in the homicide of a 37-year-old man who was found dead on the sidewalk in front of his home at 17 Lefferts St. Nicholas X. Smith, 20, of 121 Clinton St., Apt. 3, Albany was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and ...

Hales Mills area project on hold

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County legislators on Wednesday pulled a proposed $500,000 capital project for 2020 involving the Hales Mills Development Area — the same venture that was the subject of a nixed eminent domain proceeding. The Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment ...

Fulton County capital projects, security explored

JOHNSTOWN— The Fulton County Highways and Facilities Department is recommending various capital projects in 2020, such as a pole barn addition and renovations to the historic County Courthouse. The department was considering adding a $51,500 project for Public Defender Office renovations, ...

Officials consider loader contract

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday proposed awarding a Schenectady firm a contract for a compact loader needed for Department of Solid Waste processing of single-stream recyclables. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee at the County Office Building awarded an ...

Giardino wins in primary

JOHNSTOWN — By a nearly four to one ratio, Republican incumbent Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino on Tuesday cruised to a comfortable Primary Day victory over challenger Donald VanDeusen. The sheriff beat the former Gloversville police chief by a 2,794 to 728 count to become the GOP ...