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County hustled to secure PPE’s for responders

JOHNSTOWN — At the start of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, personal protection equipment intended for Fulton County was intercepted by the federal government the vendor told officials, causing a shortage for first responders and law enforcement personnel, according to meeting minutes ...

Health Department quarantine info

JOHNSTOWN — Those who were at Advance Auto Parts in Johnstown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 are asked to contact Fulton County Public Health immediately at (518) 736-5720 and remain at home under precautionary quarantine until the May 11.

Fulton County offers COVID-19 update

JOHNSTOWN — COVID-19 is present in Fulton County and residents are being asked to do their part to stop the spread. The number of Fulton County residents tested has increased, but testing is still limited in our community. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is present in people ...

Drive-thru food pantry set for Friday

FONDA — A drive-thru food pantry, sponsored by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith, will be held Friday at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The event, which is being conducted in conjunction with the New York National Guard and the United Way of Montgomery County, ...

Johnstown school board set to meet

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The public may live stream this meeting by visiting the following link: https://stream.meet.google.com/u/1/stream/e9f27d00-dc14-4f38-8130-df8cf132d665 When prompted ...

Local business owner seeks burglary info

GLOVERSVILLE — A local business owner is offering a reward to anyone who can provide information on a burglary that took place at the business last Sunday night. Joe Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Service, 974 Route 29A, Gloversville, said at least two people broke into the garage Sunday ...

Nigra Center finding ways to support students

MAYFIELD — The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts Transitions program has continued to find ways to support its students and parents during this unpredicted health crisis. According to a press release, Transitions, a program that provides services to young adults with autism spectrum ...

Officials tackle task of assessing students

JOHNSTOWN — Although schools made the transition to remote learning more than a month ago following statewide closures related to the coronavirus, educators in the region are still discussing how to assess students who are learning in “uneven” home ...

County purchasing former newspaper building

AMSTERDAM — Montgomery County will be purchasing the former Amsterdam Recorder building at 1 Venner Road to be utilized as the new building for the Department of Social Services. The Montgomery County Legislature passed the resolution during its teleconference on Tuesday authorizing the ...

Stewart’s making policy changes

TUPPER LAKE — Stewart’s Shops is making more COVID-19-precautionary changes to its 336 stores, including cutting maximum occupancy in half, adding clear plastic shields between cashiers and customers, putting hand sanitizer stations to all stores, and placing 6-foot social distancing ...

Geelan to retire

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan will retire from her position, effective Sept. 30. Geelan made the announcement at the Wednesday Board of Education meeting. “I am needed by my family, and therefore I will be retiring in September,” ...

GASD tax deadline not extended

AMSTERDAM — City officials announced that the deadline for paying the school tax for 2019-20 cannot be extended, and that penalties cannot be waived on overdue payments. They also said that tax payments cannot be made in person during the April 2020 collection period due to COVID-19. The ...

GJSD releases new app for parents

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District will be using a new app called ParentSquare for parent notification calls and messages, to replace the district’s current emergency notification system. This new platform will also be used to distribute surveys and forms to families in the ...

City sets sights on more foreclosures

GLOVERSVILLE — Site work following the demolition of 10 deteriorating properties seized through tax foreclosure is now complete as officials turn their attention to this year’s potential list of foreclosures and eyeing further demolitions of blighted properties. Fire Chief Thomas Groff on ...

Ruberti named to lead GASD

AMSTERDAM — The Wheelerville Union Free School District’s Superintendent of Schools has been named to head up the Greater Amsterdam School District starting this summer. Richard Ruberti Jr., was appointed by the Amsterdam school board Tuesday. He will assume the superintendent’s ...

Funds allotted for COVID aid

FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature passed two resolutions during their teleconference on Tuesday amending the 2020 operating budget for COVID-19 response grant funds. According to the resolutions, the New York State Department of Health awarded two grants in the amounts of $7,700 ...

Lead law officer appointed at Regional

GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton County Regional SPCA announced it appointed a chief law enforcement officer to lead its team of Humane Law Enforcement division. Former New York state trooper Deborah L. Komar will also serve a key role as official liaison between the shelter and local law enforcement ...

These Americans have found ways to stay positive amid pandemic

For a couple under quarantine, Daryl and Lydia Cobranchi have found a creative way to get out of the house. The couple from Parkersburg, West Virginia, “travel” to a different country every weekend through meals, games, movies and travel documentaries that pertain to their destination. ...

Four more cases at Fulton Center

GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton County Department of Public Health Director Laurel Headwell on Tuesday around 6 p.m. released an update on the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county now at a total of 68 with 27 of those cases attributed to individuals at the Fulton Center for ...

Area hospitals get millions to fight COVID-19

GLOVERSVILLE — Hospitals and healthcare systems across the state will receive $1.45 billion in federal funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced this week. Locally, Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home will ...