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The Stories Behind the Stones

JOHNSTOWN — Ever visit a cemetery and see a headstone that intrigues you and wonder who that person was and what was their story? As part time groundskeeper for the Johnstown Cemetery, Chris Simek did and that curiosity led to her learning many of the stories behind the stones about the ...

The butterfly effect

JOHNSTOWN — With its colorful, burnt orange wings, highlighted with mascara-like black lines and tiny white dots, the monarch butterflies are a familiar sight in upstate New York during late spring and summer. Then in September, the winged invertebrate begin to disappear from the landscape ...

Museum is a hidden gem in the city

AMSTERDAM — Walter Elwood was a man of parts. He did more in one lifetime than most people could do in several. And area residents are the better for it. His legacy is enshrined in the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley, 100 Church St. With some 25,000 artifacts, the museum ...

‘Curiously Adirondack’ puts out 4th season

BLOOMINGDALE — First-grade plays are not your typical meeting place for entrepreneurs. One might imagine a more likely setting to be a factory-ceiling coffee shop or an art show opening, with artisanal cheeses decorating small, round tables. But “Curiously Adirondack” started with a ...

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Bannertown seniors to meet Wednesday

MAYFIELD — The Bannertown 50 Plus Seniors meeting on Nov. 6, started out the day with their social hour. Evie Leach, chaplain, opened the potluck luncheon with the devotion, “The Lord’s Blessing,” followed by “The Lord’s Prayer.” President Carl Edwards opened the meeting with ...

‘Minnie Pearl’ to be at STFSL Thursday

NORTHVILLE — The Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living has a program each week at the Red Rooster Cafe (Pink Chicken), Corner of Bridge and Main streets. On Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. the Red Rooster Cafe will host Linda Eastman, who will be returning to impersonate Minnie Pearl (Grand Ole ...

Broadalbin seniors will not meet Nov. 27

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Senior Citizens Club met on Oct. 30, with 68 members present. The club celebrated Halloween with its annual Halloween party, featuring costumes and baked goods. The prayer was offered by Chaplain Marsha Prokop and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Lunch was ...

Friendsgiving lunch slated for Wednesday

GLOVERSVILLE — The following are for the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County, 53 Church St. Today: 50 Plus Club, 1 p.m.; Girl Scouts, 5 p.m.; animal shelter, 6 p.m. Tuesday: Coffee hour, 9:30 a.m.; Richard Nilsen speaking, 11 a.m. Wednesday: Coffee hour, ...

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Golden anniversary

Edward and Jean Popp of Johnstown, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Saltsman’s Restaurant. The couple married Aug. 23, 1969, at Mount Carmel Church, Gloversville. They have two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Robert and Julia Barclay

Robert and Julia Barclay of Mayfield, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at home with family. They couple married Aug. 9, 1958, at the Johnstown Reformed Church. They have a son; a daughter; three grandsons; a granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

Edward and Catherine Sturgess

Edward and Catherine Sturgess of Gloversville, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at the Johnstown Moose by renewing their vows with their grandchildren, family and friends. The couple married Nov. 7, 1992, at St. Anthony’s Church, Johnstown.

Sue and Tom Cichy

Sue and Tom Cichy of Mayfield, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 30 with friends and family. They were married on June 29, 1968, at St. Mary’s Church, Gloversville.

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Weston Steven Sager

Weston Steven Sager is the son of Christopher and Kaile Sager of Moyock, N.C. He was born Aug. 27, 2018, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Stan and Janet Kucel of Mayfield. The paternal grandparents are Craig and Patricia Sager of Mahopac, ...

Althea Rooney Van Alstyne

Althea Rooney Van Alstyne is the daughter of Maggie Hagerty and Skip Van Alstyne. She was born December 24, 2018 at John Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo weighing 9 lbs. 14 ozs. and measuring 20.5 inches. She’s joins her sisters, triplets Madeline, Emilia and Catherine. Her ...

Sterling Grayson Minor

Sterling Grayson Minor is the son of Rodney Jr. and Kerry Minor of Gloversville. He was born Jan. 23, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 20.5 inches long. The maternal grandparents are William and Lynn McAvoy of North Syracuse, Onondaga County. The paternal grandparents are Rodney Sr. ...

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Nicolella & Rysedorph

Victor and Christine Nicolella of Gloversville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Erika Nicolella, to Daniel Rysedorph, the son of Lisa (Mark) Balistreri of Brunswick, and Dean (Tina) Rysedorph of Lansingburgh, both in Rensselaer County. Nicolella is employed by Schenectady ARC and a ...

Hemstreet & Hathaway

John and Michelle Hemstreet of Broadalbin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashly Michelle Hemstreet, to Shane Michael Hathaway, the son of James Hathaway and Christine Wait of Saratoga. Hemstreet is a registered dietitian. Hathaway works for Saratoga County. A wedding is ...

McDuffee & Arnold

Greg and Melinda McDuffee of Fultonville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley McDuffee, to Jared Arnold, the son of Michael and Sally Arnold of Adams, Jefferson County. McDuffee graduated magna cum laude with honors from St. Lawrence University and is a third-year doctoral ...

Young & Garber

Frank and Melissa Young of Mayfield, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Young, to Christian Garber, the son of Richard and Leslie Garber of Mayfield. Young is a certified nursing assistant. Garber is a civil engineer. A wedding is planned for June 27, 2020.

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Mr. and Mrs. Castiglione

Kaleena Young, the daughter of Lisa and Matthew Owen of Gloversville, was united in marriage to Andrew Castiglione, the son of Barbara Castiglione and the late Dr. Louis Castiglione Jr. of Gloversville, on April 6. The ceremony and reception took place at the historic Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga ...

Mr. and Mrs. Chichester

Courtney Buanno Danise, the daughter of Vincent and Valerie Danise Jr. of Gloversville, was united in marriage to Dillon Chichester of Gloversville, at 6:30 p.m. June 30. The ceremony took place at the Fox Run Golf Club, Johnstown. Heidi-Jo Buanno, cousin of the bride, officiated. The bride ...

Frasier — Rowe

Emily Frasier, the daughter of Kelly Jo and Timothy Frasier of Gloversville, was united in marriage to Derek Rowe, the son of Randy Rowe of Parish, and Laureen Teifke of Mexico, both Oswego County, on May 4. The ceremony took place at Historic Old St. John’s Catholic Church, Utica, Oneida ...

Mr. & Mrs. Neer

Robin Jillian Kunicki, the daughter of Len and Andrea Kunicki of Gloversville, was united in marriage to Timothy Neer, the son of William and Jane Neer of Baldwinsville, Onondaga County, at 2 p.m. Sept. 15, 2018. The ceremony took place at the Panasci Family Chapel at LeMoyne College, ...

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Walter C. Porter, Gloversville’s disappearing drummer

If younger readers immediately wonder what an old-time drummer was, that’s no surprise considering the only drummers drumming these days drum in bands, but in our old times, although a ‘drummer’ made little noise unless he laughed or sneezed, he was still an essential component in ...

Keystone Hotel fire gave Gloversville a sad Christmas

It was December 21, 1909 and happy Gloversville citizens, like those of other cities across America, were engaged in the usual holiday preparations. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, the vibrant city was about to be hit by a double-whammy of misfortune, including loss of life. To quote ...

Odd bits of history collection number five

Although well-preserved today, Sir William Johnson’s 1749 stone mansion, referred to now as “Old Fort Johnson,” has endured more than one threatening experience. Besides being flooded several years ago, the July 21, 1936, the Amsterdam Recorder headlined, “Ice House Damage Set at ...

Edward Earl was impatient to be hung

When I’m asked why there haven’t been more old-time murder stories lately, I’ve replied truthfully that we’ve already visited so many, the list of those remaining is getting slimmer. Yet the story of Hamilton County murderer Edward Earl is certainly unusual: He is the only murderer ...