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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 ...

Fins, feathers and fur: Spring opportunities

Spring time is special here in the northeast because it’s when hunting and fishing season collide after the long winter. Despite the absolutely crappy weather we have been dealing with, there have been breaks in the clouds, and with good rain gear, to allow some fun. In late April, I went ...

‘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 ...

Keeping it clean, drained and dry

I spent most of the week before Memorial Day weekend at Paul Smiths College at their Adirondack Watershed Institute training. I learned about the ongoing efforts to keep non-native aquatic plants, animals and microorganisms from migrating into our pristine lakes and waterways. They come by way ...

Crossing through time

FORT HUNTER — David Brooks, director of the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, expects some 700 elementary and junior high students to visit the Erie Canal site by schools’ end. The site is more than ready. Besides the outdoor displays and nature, the site has added an indoor ...

A joyous, full life

CAROGA —Kathryn Spira was happiest when sitting in the sunshine. Set up beachside on her property in Caroga Lake, she could enjoy the fresh air offered by the Adirondacks, and if the water temperature cooperated, head out into the waters. At night, she could look out the windows of the ...

Halloween covered dish dinner Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown 50 Plus Club, located in the Shirley J. Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St., will have a Halloween covered dish dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday. Bring a larger sized “spooky” dish to share and own place setting. Those attending can come in costume. The center will ...

Secrets uncovered

GLOVERSVILLE — It will look like a typical teenager’s bedroom. A bed, desk, some laundry and various items any parent would see. But hidden about this room will be a number of items related to drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol and drug culture references. The room is part of HFM ...

A special place for women

JOHNSTOWN — For the past 110 years, the Willing Helpers’ Home, for Women Inc. has been focused on giving female senior citizens a safe place to call home in their golden years. The history of Willing Helpers’ goes back further than that however, according to Board of Managers President ...

Be prepared

GLOVERSVILLE — With winter getting a bit closer everyday, Fulton County Civil Defense Director and Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria held a special talk for senior citizens during a HealthLink Littauer VIP luncheon on Wednesday. “We are very fortunate in Fulton County. We don’t have a ...

Tales from the Crossing

GLOVERSVILLE — The history of the Erie Canal at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site goes back more than a century and includes a sometimes dark and tragic history. The crossing has many tales to tell from its rich and long history. But on Wednesday, Schoharie Crossing Education ...

A little bit of paint does a building good

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Senior Center has been given a bit of a lift in the past few weeks thanks to the hard work of volunteers and some generous donations. The light yellow walls that formerly covered the center are now gone. In its place, vibrant colors of orange, olive, red and ...

Swell little boxes

WELLS — Set up around the town, a series of little boxes with intricate stained glass inserts are eye catching. Sitting in places where both locals and visitors stop by, they contain a wealth of literature inside for both young and old. Since early last year, the Virginia Hosely Free ...

Feathered friends

CAROGA —Diane and John Hime’s lives as animal caretakers began about a decade ago with a thud. One night while watching TV, the couple heard a loud thump against one of their windows. There outside was a barred owl who had not realized the barrier that stood between it and the Hime’s ...

A little library for one and all

HESSVILLE — Sitting just in front of Nancy and Jeff Baldwin’s home lies the newest library in Montgomery County. The small red building lies to the right of their driveway at 459 Indian Trail Road, decorated with flower baskets and a pig theme, including a statue in memory of their ...

Bassett recognized for higher quality in maternity care

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center’s maternity program recently received Excellus’ Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in ...

Year one of first-lady fashion

PARIS (AP) — Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband’s “America First” agenda and stay true to her roots, if there’s a message to be taken from her bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe in 2017. In her first year as first lady, Mrs. Trump has often wrapped ...

Are you ready for some football?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the “Bold North.” Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota’s wintry weather, including ...