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State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, center; Senior Deputy Commissioner Jhone Ebert; and Patrick Michel, superintendent of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services, talk with school board members from across the state about the importance of college-credit programs in high school at a December roundtable discussion at the New York State School Boards Association. (Photo submitted)

‘Brain-based’ economy poses challenges

JOHNSTOWN — The need for college-level programs for high school students, including those in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services’ region, was the focus of a December roundtable discussion at the New York State School Boards Association. On Dec. 8, state ...

County video to show winter fun

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week approved two contracts totalling more than $107,000 with a Saratoga Springs firm for a winter season marketing video and electronic marketing campaign. Officials in 2017 released videos showcasing the warmer months in Fulton ...

Town of Caroga Council member John Glenn, left, Supervisor James Selmser, Council member James Long, right, during the town of Caroga organizational meeting Wednesday. (The Leader Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Salaries, weeds discussed

CAROGA LAKE — Before starting the official Caroga Lake organizational meeting that was held Wednesday, Supervisor James Selmser — who was elected as supervisor in the Nov. 2017 election — explained what the organizational meeting is, and opened the floor for anyone in the public who ...

“Accidents Will Happen,” a painting by Linda Finch as part of her collection “Channeling Moses.” Finch said there are gas compression explosions every single day across the Unite States. She said gas companies try to take short cuts and because of the quality of gas, local firefighters aren't able to handle the intense fires. (Photo courtesy of Linda Finch)

Turning life into art as a statement

NORTHVILLE — Local artist, Linda Finch, uses her art to spread awareness and to teach the community on environmental issues such as fracking. Finch’s collection, “Channeling Moses” is being displayed at the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network located at the Northville Public Library now ...

District 4 Legislator Robert Headwell, Jr. signs as he was elected as chairman for the Montgomery County Legislature during the organizational meeting Tuesday night. Standing to the left of him is Montgomery County Clerk Helen Bartone. (The Leader Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Headwell named chairman

FONDA — During the Montgomery County Legislature’s organizational meeting Tuesday, District 4 Legislator Robert Headwell, Jr. was unanimously elected as the 2018 chairman of the Legislature. Headwell thanked his family for support they have given him. “Before we start, I’d like ...

Music continues at chamber

GLOVERSVILLE — Music will return to the rotunda of the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 20 with a performance by Syliva Bloom. Bloom will appear at the chamber at 3 p.m. as a part of the ongoing “Chamber Music at the Chamber” that started it’s 2017-18 season in ...

Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene signs the Oath Book - witnessed by County Clerk Linda Kollar - prior to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors' organizational meeting Tuesday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Three out of six committees have new chairpersons for ’18

JOHNSTOWN — Half of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ six major standing committees will have new chairpersons in 2018. New board Chairman James Groff named members to standing committees at the board’s annual organizational meeting Tuesday at the County Office ...

Painters sought for juried art show

FORT HUNTER — The Friends of Schoharie Crossing are inviting painters state residents to showcase their work in a competitive, juried exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is Lock in the Fun: Recreation at Schoharie Crossing.  To recognize the centennial of the Barge Canal, Schoharie ...

Fires continue to plague responders

MAYFIELD — Mayfield Fire Department was kept busy with two fires, one structure fire and one car fire that occurred shortly after the structure fire was put out. The structure fire occurred on Tuesday at 134 Pine Tree Way, Mayfield at approximately 11:01 p.m. and lasted until about 2:37 a.m. ...

Nathan Littauer’s first baby of 2018, Ryder Xavier Henderson, with his parents, Ashley Boles and Aaron Henderson of Gloversville. Standing is hospital auxiliary President Norma Cozzolino, left and Director of Volunteer Services Susan McNeil. (Photo submitted)

First baby for Gloversville for 2018 born

GLOVERSVILLE — The Birthing Center at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home announced the arrival of the first baby of the New Year 2018. Ryder Xavier Henderson, son of Ashley Boles and Aaron Henderson of Gloversville, was born at 5:31 p.m. on Jan. 2, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces. He ...

Cuomo: State will sue to block tax overhaul

ALBANY (AP) — New York state will take Washington to court to challenge the new Republican tax overhaul, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, calling the new law an unconstitutional assault on states’ rights and New York in particular. The lawsuit is one of several ways Cuomo, a ...

Sex offender fails to comply

GLOVERSVILLE — A city man is facing charges after city police said he failed to update his address, a violation of his sex offender status. Robert D. Litchfield, 36, of 51 S. Judson St., Apartment 1, was charged with failure to register his change of address on Tuesday. Officers said on ...

Tree drop-off area set

JOHNSTOWN — The city has established a Christmas tree drop-off area behind the city senior center, it was announced during the Common Council’s organizational meeting Monday at City Hall. Mayor Vern Jackson said the tree drop-off area is at Prindle Court, behind the Johnstown Senior ...

FMCC partners with MVCC for manufacturing program

JOHNSTOWN — New signs have gone up around the area promoting Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s latest partnership. FMCC has partnered up with Mohawk Valley Community College for the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing program. According to a news release from MVCC, the AIM program ...

Members of the Broadalbin, Perth and Mayfield fire departments work to put out a structure fire that occurred Tuesday at Indian Village Trailer Park at 419 Union Mills Rd. lot 41, Broadalbin.  Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company Chief Scott Hall said everyone got out of the home safely. Hall said they do not know the cause of the fire at this time. (The Leader Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Morning fire destroys mobile home

BROADALBIN — Local firefighters have been busy the past few days with a half-dozen of small, but potentially dangerous fires. The most recent was a fire in Broadalbin where a mobile home caught fire Tuesday, destroying it. No was injured in the blaze, but a pet lizard perished. The ...

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Two NYC men charged with several felonies

GLOVERSVILLE — Two New York City men are facing a number of felony charges following the discovery of dozens of baggies containing crack cocaine, according to city police. Jonathan Hernandez, 27, of 590 Gates Ave., Apartment 2E in Brooklyn and Laquan Warren, 23, of 345 Livonia Ave. in ...

Northampton Supervisor James Groff, center, presides over his first Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting as board chairman Tuesday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. At left is County Attorney Jason Brott and at right is Administrative Officer Jon Stead. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

New chairman sets agenda

JOHNSTOWN — New 2018 Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Groff said Tuesday he doesn’t have an ambitious personal agenda, but is looking forward to seeing infrastructure projects continue. Groff, the town of Northampton supervisor, made brief remarks after being unanimously ...

FMCC looks to advocate

JOHNSTOWN — Members of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees will be joining college President Dustin Swanger to discuss advocacy efforts. During the Dec. 21 board meeting, Swanger shared with trustees information from the Higher Education Act reauthorization that the ...

From left, new dad, Dana Mesick; new mom, Theresa Mesick; first baby of 2018, baby girl Makenna Mesick; and primary nurse Pamela Tretola. (Photo submitted)

St. Mary’s welcomes first baby of 2018

AMSTERDAM — The St. Mary’s Healthcare staff welcomed the first baby of the New Year on Jan. 1 at 7:27 a.m. Mom and dad, Theresa and Dana Mesick of Esperance, started their New Year by giving birth to the first girl in five decades of the Mesick family. Weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, ...

$100K demo work approved

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors last week approved over $100,000 in private contract demolition work for a Rensselaer County firm, but why the Fulton County Demolition Team wasn’t used was raised. The board awarded a $100,200 low bid to Dan’s Hauling and Demo of Wynantskill, for ...