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Keynote speaker State Sen. James Tedisco said he’ll make sure he 
represents the people of the 49th Senate 
District. He said he plans to open a Fulton County 
office later this month.
(Bill Trojan/
The Leader-Herald

GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner: Tedisco to open Fulton office

JOHNSTOWN — Standing stronger together was one of the main ideas professed at the annual dinner to celebrate the Republican party and one of its greatest presidents. The Fulton County Republican Club held its 57th annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn on Monday, ...

Stacia Conyne, floral designer and owner of Sacandaga Flowers in Mayfield, places a rose into a vase as she designs a floral arrangement Monday for a Valentine’s Day customer.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Happy Love Day

Stacia Conyne, floral designer and owner of Sacandaga Flowers in Mayfield, places a rose into a vase as she designs a floral arrangement Monday for a Valentine’s Day customer.

Official: Whey plant may be done by spring

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County Industrial Development Agency official said Thursday that construction of the new Johnstown Renewables facility at the Johnstown Industrial Park may be done by this spring. The whey processing facility firm — currently under construction — seeks to ...

District passes capital project

WHEELERVILLE — The Wheelerville Union Free School District passed its capital project last week in a 80 to 11 public vote. The proposed $1.7 million project will have no impact on local school taxes and would be paid for through state building aids and a building reserve fund at the ...

State Department of Health set to host informational sessions

AMSTERDAM — People with questions about the state’s official health plan Marketplace are invited to information sessions at the city’s library this month. According to a news release, the state Department of Health will have a certified in-person assistor during set hours at the ...

Michael Miller, a social studies teacher at Saratoga Springs High School, will be named the Galway Junior/Senior High School principal at the board of education’s meeting on Thursday.
(Photo submitted)

Galway High School selects principal

GALWAY — Michael Miller, a social studies teacher at Saratoga Springs High School, will be named the Galway Junior/Senior High School principal at the board of education’s meeting on Thursday, according to a district news release. “We are pleased to announce that after a rigorous and ...

Brett Pavlus of Gloversville clears snow off the entrance to his driveway on First Avenue in Gloversville on Monday.
(The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Buried in snow: Now the work begins

The dog days of winter are making their mark — with plenty of snow to go around — highlighted by Sunday’s latest storm that left vehicles stranded and area schools on delays today. The National Weather Service in Albany said this morning that a weekend snowstorm in the Ohio Valley ...

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money to repair the marquee of The Glove Performing Arts Center.
(The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Glove seeking donations to repair marquee

GLOVERSVILLE — The Glove Performing Arts Center is raising funds through an online site to try and make repairs to the building’s historic marquee. A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise the funds needed to fix the marquee on the front of the 103-year-old building. Glove ...

Research suggests Tryon repurpose unique

JOHNSTOWN — The Tryon Technology Park in the town of Perth may be the only closed state correctional facility in the nation being repurposed into sites for new businesses. Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz Thursday he learned of that possibility ...

Council set to vote on transit department contract

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council is expected to vote on a resolution accepting the new contract for the city’s transit department during Tuesday’s meeting. The contract for the Teamsters Local 294 expired on Dec. 31, 2013. The new agreed-upon contract was dated Dec. 1, 2016. ...

Students gather around a broken vacuum to take it apart and see how it works with the help of Captain Science.
(The Leader-Herald/Opal Jessica Bogdan)

Captain Science: Children get hands-on experience in Take it Apart series

FORT PLAIN — Kids come armed with screwdrivers and knowledge as they tackle a Take it Apart series at the Fort Plain Free Central Library. The series challenges students to learn how devices work and the science behind it. Friday afternoon marked the first day for the series taught by ...

State scheduled to host 4 free fishing events

ALBANY — New York State will host its first of four free fishing events on Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. During the free fishing events, New York state residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing ...

A woman watches as Josh Kerr of Kerr Chainsaw Carving demonstrates his carving technique during the 12th annual Adirondack Outdoorsman’s Show at the Johnstown Moose on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Indoor fun for outdoors with Adirondack Outdoorsman Show

JOHNSTOWN — Twelve years ago, when Mike Hauser promoted the first Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johnstown Moose on Route 30A, he had “no idea” if it was going to work out. It was the first year, he was new to the outdoors industry, and he lacked area contacts. “When I saw cars ...

Work progresses in Tryon park

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Agency board on Thursday took action on easements, and more than $27,000 worth of emergency electrical and sewer work for the Tryon Technology Park. The town of Perth facility, which the IDA owns, is going through infrastructure changes as it tries ...

A two-vehicle accident at approx. 5:45 a.m. on Route 30 in the town of Perth on Saturday claimed the life of Robert Sparks of Johnstown.  (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Michalski)

Car accident claims the life of Johnstown man

PERTH — A 59-year-old Johnstown man died in a two-car crash at 5:45 a.m. Saturday on Route 30 in front of Brown’s Ford, state police at Mayfield reported. Robert Sparks of 5 Hoffman St. was killed when he apparently lost control of his 2000 Mitsubishi Diamante in the snow and crossed ...

Jeremy Purtell floats a sailboat along a channel by blowing through a straw. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Trains! Planes! Boats! and Fast Cars!

AMSTERDAM — Canajoharie residents Rob Andrews and his son, Dane, 5, fly model airplanes in warmer weather. But on Saturday afternoon, they attended the planes, trains, boats and fast cars events at the Century Club, 130 Guy Park Ave. Rob and volunteer Ann Thane, a former Amsterdam mayor, ...

Fulmont Community Action Agency receives clean audit

FONDA —Fulmont Community Action Agency recently experienced a “clean” annual audit with no negative findings — now more than 11 years in a row — its board of directors heard Monday. Mark Perez of the auditing firm EFPR Group CPAs, LLP of Williamsville, Erie County, presented the ...

Pine Tree Rifle Club members pose for a photo during an induction ceremony into the Fulton County Sports Hall of Fame for the establishing the first modern Bench Rest Rifle Competition in 1947 leading to the sport becoming established internationally. They are shown at the 12th annual Adirondack Outdoorsmans Show at the Johnstown Moose in Johnstown on Saturday.  (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Hall of Fame inductions

The Pine Tree Rifle Club was inducted into the Fulton County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday for establishing the first modern Bench Rest Rifle Competition in 1947, leading to the sport to be come established interntaionally.

From left, Rob Javarone’s brother, Joe, and friends Nate, Mike and Chris on Jan. 13 at Perkins Clearing, Speculator. (Photo courtesy of Rob Javarone)

Where did winter go?

Where did winter go? It was here during deer hunting season and stayed until just after the holidays. Its absence has left many outdoor enthusiasts wondering what to do with their free time. I really don’t like the “January thaw”! I would rather see it stay cold and snowy and be able to ...