Local News

Water rates stay on the level

JOHNSTOWN — The city Water Board decided last week not to increase water rates for city customers for 2018. Board Vice President Scott Jeffers said Friday that board members decided that they can’t justify raising rates because the city Water Department is not financially-strapped enough ...

Governor recommends historic designation for St. Johnsville

ST. JOHNSVILLE — St. Johnsville Village Historic District along with 19 other sites in New York are being recommended by the state Board of Historic Preservation for the State and National Registries of Historic Places, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release Friday. The nominations ...

Discussion on library’s future set

JOHNSTOWN — Representatives of the Johnstown Public Library and the Greater Johnstown School District’s legal team will attend the district Board of Education meeting Thursday to discuss facility plans to become a school district public library. The board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. ...

Up in smoke?

JOHNSTOWN — Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties next month is hoping to convince the counties’ third and last city to ban smoking in city parks. The agency has been successful in recent years in getting the cities of Gloversville and Amsterdam to ban smoking in their ...

Martz emphasizes small business, health care

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles of the many candidates running to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District. SARANAC LAKE — To Emily Martz, this year’s congressional race is all about priorities, and how hers differ from those of Congress. The candidate ...

Bids opened for county project

JOHNSTOWN — A Montgomery County construction firm was the low base bidder Wednesday at $364,000 for Fulton County’s large County Office Building renovation project to be done this summer in downtown Johnstown. Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead conducted the bid opening, ...

Capital project work to resume

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Enlarged School District Assistant Superintendent Steven Schloicka announced to the Board of Education March 12 that work on the district’s $37.8 million capital project will resume once the weather improves. Schloicka informed the board that work on phase one ...

Elmer Van Vranken, Fulton County’s ‘Sky Sailor’

Whereas Mr. Charles Knox enjoyed financing airship construction, his ‘Gelatine’ ships were always flown by others, such as inventor-flyer George Tomlinson, mentioned previously, but Fulton County had its own ‘aeronaut’ in Gloversville’s Elmer Van Vranken, christened by the Aug. 6, ...

Gloversville: An example of school restructuring

Editor’s note: The following is a comparison article written by the Cortland Standard looking at what Gloversville Enlarged School District’s restructuring project compared to what Cortland City School District is considering. GLOVERSVILLE — Declining enrollment. Rising costs. ...

It’s maple season

“My boys love sugar,” said Katie Buhaj of Little Falls. She visited Frasier’s Sugar Shack in St. Johnsville on Saturday because “all morning the boys were asking, ‘Can we go to the sugar shack?’” The maple syrup producer treated its visitors to maple fritters made by Bonnie ...

Students speak out about school safety

GLOVERSVILLE — In the days following Wednesday’s national student walkout, students at Gloversville High School expressed their disappointment that Gloversville Enlarged School District administrators had discouraged students from participating. Current GHS juniors Bella Marshall and ...

Helping legal immigrants through the paper maze

FONDA — Becoming an American citizen isn’t as easy as just walking through a door. In fact, it is far more complicated. First, a person has to have lived here legally for five years. Then there are applications to fill out, each carrying a fee. And finally candidates have to learn ...

Amsterdam woman honored

AMSTERDAM — An Amsterdam women was inducted into the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame Tuesday at the State Capitol. Ladan Alomar, Executive Director of Centro Civico — a not-for-profit, community-based organization — was nominated by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, who represents ...

Reptile law to be reviewed

JOHNSTOWN — A public presentation on the city’s reptile ordinance will be given at the Common Council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Representatives of Benson’s Pet Center of Johnstown and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce are scheduled to speak on the ...

Couple donate Scout bottle bins

BROADALBIN — Mike and Karen Deuel of Broadalbin Manufacturing were recognized for their donation of two new bottle and can donation bins to Boy Scout Troop 5051. Over the past five years, the collection of refundable bottles and cans from the Broadalbin community has been one of the ...

Supervisors oppose Cuomo proposals

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday overwhelmingly opposed two Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposals regarding taxation of state forest preserve lands. The board voted at the County Office Building to oppose a Cuomo proposal contained in the 2018 state budget review bill. The ...

Keeping schools safe in Mayfield

MAYFIELD — In wake of the recent school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, school safety has become a major priority throughout the nation. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino and Undersheriff Daniel Izzo gave a school safety presentation at Mayfield ...

Mass. firm hired for 911 upgrades

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized a contract up to $1.3 million with a Massachusetts firm for a major upgrade of the county’s 911 and radio communications network. The board authorized the signing of a contract between county Civil Defense-Fire ...

Public hearing set for Pioneer plans

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday set a public hearing on Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp.’s planned $11.2 million, 120,125-square-foot addition to its existing Johnstown Industrial Park facility. The company is planning to increase its 150-employee ...

Ethics committee sends complaint to county

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Ethics Board voted Saturday to refer a complaint from Bill Rowback against Mayor Dayton King, First Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss and City Attorney Anthony Casale to the Fulton County Board of Ethics. Rowback’s official complaint letter to the ethics board ...