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Summer safety program brought to Fulton County

MAYFIELD — In its 20th year, state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, on Thursday brought his Safe Summer Bike Helmet Safety Program to Fulton County for the first time. The setting was the Mayfield Summer Recreation Camp for children at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Route ...

Burglar gets prison time

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man accused of holding up a convenience store and breaking into a liquor store was sentenced Monday in Fulton County Court to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison. Robert B. Adair, 33, of 126 Fremont St., Apartment 2, was sentenced by County Court Judge Louise K. ...

Dialing rules start next month

GLOVERSVILLE — Starting next month, residents in the 518 area code will need to punch in three digits before each phone call. The state Public Service Commission has announced that residential, business and wireless customers within the existing 518 area code can begin preparing for the ...

Musician offers to be unpaid grant writer for art funds

JOHNSTOWN — The city’s legal office will look into a request by a local musician/civic leader to be an unpaid grant writer for city government. Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin told the Common Council Monday that she received an email from Bill Ackerbauer of Prindle Avenue. Ackerbauer ...

Tim Mattice out from GHA on paid leave

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners put its executive director and one employee on paid administrative leave and two commission members resigned during a tense, five minute exchange on Thursday. GHA board members spent more than three hours in an ...

Senior housing project controversial for village

NORTHVILLE — The Northville Planning Board discussed the preliminary site plan review for a $1.3 million 8-unit senior housing project proposed by the Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. Thursday night. The proposed project has been controversial and subject to an unusual zoning ...

Mancini fire ‘accidental’

FONDA — A gas leak in the auto shop of Mancini Oil Co. Tuesday afternoon somehow ignited an involved fire that ended up destroying the business’ two adjoining buildings, a fire investigation has determined. The Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department was the lead agency fighting the blaze, which ...

Dam rehab project approved

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday authorized an $864,583 agreement with Carver Construction Inc. of the town of Ephratah for a dam rehabilitation project at Cork Center Reservoir. The city Water Board solicited sealed written bids for a contractor to complete the rehabilitation at ...

Deadline for scholarship funds looms

Students who wish to apply for the state’s Excelsior Scholarship will have until today to get their applications in. Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500 or actual tuition, whichever is less to attend a State University of New York or City University of New York ...

County plow purchase raises concerns

FONDA— The purchase of a new F-350 truck, equipped with a plow, for the Montgomery County Department of Weights and Measures was debated by Montgomery County Legislators Tuesday night — the major bone of contention, whether it might end up being used to plow parts of Amish driveways. ...

Family at a loss over fire, hope to rebuild

FONDA — Mancini Oil Co. owner Tom Mancini Sr. was visibly shaken Wednesday morning as he surveyed the charred ruins of his once-thriving business. He knelt to the blackened scorched ground, seemingly in shock, and picked up what looked like the remains of a ledger. He stood back up and ...

Mattice, McCloskey put on paid administrative leave from GHA

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted 5 to 2 today to placed Executive Director Timothy Mattice on paid administrative leave. The board voted 5 to 2 in favor of the resolution with Commissioner Bernard Manzer and new member Beau Kicinski abstaining. ...

Montgomery County moves to replace bridge

FONDA — Called Montgomery County’s “worst bridge,” the Burtonsville Road Spur Bridge, took an important step towards being replaced Tuesday night. The Physical Services Committee voted to recommend the full legislature authorize an amount not to exceed $440,509 be paid to ...

L-H reporter wins first-place for story

ALBANY —The New York News Publishers Association on Wednesday awarded Leader-Herald reporter Jason Subik first place in the “Distinguished Beat Reporting” category, as part of its 2016 Awards for Excellence competition. The annual contest recognizes journalistic excellence among the ...

County to digitalize documents

FONDA — In an action that could be described as a “feel good moment,” the Montgomery County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee approved a resolution Tuesday to spend a $77,300 state grant to share a document digitization project between the city of Amsterdam, the towns of Amsterdam, ...

Senior center summer events ongoing

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Senior Citizens Center’s schedule of summer activities is heating up, the Common Council learned Monday night at City Hall. Center Director Michelle Jones in her monthly report to the council noted seniors from the center are spending time gathering outdoors at ...

North Country a ‘hot spot’ for ticks carrying Lyme disease

PAUL SMITHS — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was scheduled to speak in support of one of her bills Monday afternoon at Paul Smith’s College, but when weather kept her away, state Assemblyman Billy Jones was on hand. The bill requires the federal government to establish a “tick-borne ...

Massive fire destroys Mancini’s

FONDA — At least two people were reported injured in a spectacular fire Tuesday that engulfed the main building and garage at Mancini Oil Co. Explosions rang out at the family business Tuesday afternoon, setting the main building and garage on fire in the heart of the village and sending ...

Teen brings pellet, airsoft guns to Gloversville High School

GLOVERSVILLE — A 15-year-old student bringing a pellet gun and an airsoft gun to summer school at Gloversville High School lead to the school initiating its lock-down procedure and a school bus being stopped and searched by law enforcement officers. Capt. Michael Scott said the ...

Police to work with FBI to stem area drug sales

JOHNSTOWN — The city police department is improving ties with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stem the local illegal drug trade, a police official told the Common Council Monday at City Hall. In a public safety report, city police Lt. David Gilbo said he attended a recent “good” ...