Local News

Opposition to Lystek grows

GLEN — More than 100 Lystek protesters from throughout Montgomery County attended the town of Glen board meeting Monday night, many showing up with signs showing just how against the company they are. Some of the signs stated, “No sludge,” “Reverse the zoning changes,” “Protect our ...

Standoff suspect identified

GLOVERSVILLE — City police have positively identified the man who was involved in Friday’s six-hour standoff as Devin J. Fierro. Fierro was located deceased inside of 312 N. Main St. Apartment 3 Friday at approximately 5:20 p.m. by police. Officers responded to the area of North Main ...

Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb stops in city

JOHNSTOWN — A caravan for Democratic Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb of Canton made its last stop in the sprawling 21st Congressional District in Fulton County on Monday night. Cobb, who hopes to gain the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, met ...

Cooper retiring after 40 years

JOHNSTOWN — The 40-year career of retiring Fulton County Department of Social Services Commissioner Sheryda Cooper was recognized by the Board of Supervisors with a proclamation and cake Monday at the County Office Building. “I’ve really enjoyed working for the county,” Cooper told ...

DeTraglia gets state accolades

JOHNSTOWN — HFM Career and Technical Center director Jay A. DeTraglia has earned statewide recognition from the New York State Association of Career and Technical Educators, according to a news release. Noting his hard work and dedication, the association has named DeTraglia the 2018 career ...

Laugh away, April is national humor month

Is laughter really the best medicine?  According to the American Heart Association, humor and laughing can actually help protect against developing heart disease! Research from the American Heart Association suggests that laughter can: Decrease stress hormones - Laughing has been shown to ...

PBA contract dispute heads to arbitration

JOHNSTOWN — Officials say the contract dispute between the city and its police union — the Johnstown Police Benevolent Association — was recently elevated to arbitration. The city’s last contract with the PBA expired on Dec. 31, 2016. Both sides had been at impasse since August, but ...

FM event to help those with hair loss planned

JOHNSTOWN — Students and staff from the Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Career and Technical Education Cosmetology program will be donating their time to raise money and ponytail donations for the non-profit organization Hair We Share at Fulton Montgomery ...

New restaurant expands bakery section, pastries

By BRIANA O’HARA The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — Customers of The Saucy Italian lined up in the restaurant Saturday to get a taste of some of the new pastry choices added to its bakery. The Saucy Italian held its grand opening Saturday for the expansion of the new bakery portion of the ...

Grants available for ag businesses

FONDA — Grants are available to eligible agricultural entrepreneurs and business owners who want to establish or expand an existing business within Montgomery County. Montgomery County Agriculture Microenterprise Program that will provide agricultural microenterprises grants of up to ...

Mental health assoc. gets $2,500 grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties has received recipient of a $2,500 grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match. The grant will help to fund the agency’s Behavioral Health After School Summer Program for youths between the ages of 5 and 15 who have ...

Utilizing nature

FONDA — Jennifer Lee gets a kick out of teaching the practical ways of Native Americans. The Plainfield, Mass., resident, taught a class on basket making using tree bark, roots and branches Saturday at the Kanatsioharacke Mohawk Community on Route 5. “It’s fun and incredibly ...

Sheriff Amato announces retirement

FULTONVILLE — Montgomery County Sheriff Michael J. Amato announced in a press release that he will not be run for re-election as sheriff and will be retiring at the end of his current term, which will be Dec. 31. Amato said he made the decision to not seek re-election after the last ...

N.Y. SUNY Chancellor visits FMCC

JOHNSTOWN — State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson met with leadership, faculty and students of Fulton Montgomery Community College to offer her own perspective on the path forward for the SUNY system and to learn more about the school’s needs during a visit on campus ...

Stefanik meets with constituents

MORIAH — Northern New York’s U.S. representative, Elise Stefanik met with constituents from across the political spectrum Friday, answering their questions at her 17th “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” event at the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department station. Hosted by Sun Community News ...

Going-solar loans on county radar

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors may amend a local law it passed last year establishing a sustainable energy loan program in the county. The board is proposing to set a public hearing to create a local law to amend the 2017 law at its meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County ...

Business park moves closer to being finalized

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is “getting close” to receiving its final Environmental Impact Statement on annexation of land needed for the proposed regional business park, the county said this week. Sterling Environmental Engineering of Latham is preparing the statement, or EIS, for the ...

Police standoff ends in the city, but the reason why isn’t clear

GLOVERSVILLE — A roughly six-hour situation involving area police and a barricaded Gloversville man ended Friday night with the suspect dead although his name — and the way he died — was not being released. A man at 312 N. Main St., Apt. 2, was the subject of the standoff with city ...

Waiver sought for assistant district attorney

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown seeks to waive the one-year rate for one of his assistant district attorneys. His request recently was supported by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, with the full board voting Monday. “I was planning to bring you ...