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Johnstown Senior Center set to reopen

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Senior Center is reopening Thursday, Oct. 1, with an outdoor event, according to center Executive Director Diedrie Roemer.

In her monthly report to the Common Council, she reported that the 109 E. Main St. center will be reopening after months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oct. 1 reopening will be highlighted by an outdoor event featuring the Galaxy Band.

In her report, Roemer wrote: “Everyone is welcome and will need to wear a mask and bring a lawn chair. Social distancing and wearing a mask whenever walking around will be expected to keep everyone safe. That day, the building will be open on a limited basis and anyone entering will follow our protocol by using hand sanitizer upon entering, have their temperature taken, sign a screening form and a sign in sheet. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and want you to remain healthy and safe. We need everyone’s cooperation so the center can remain open and you can keep enjoying each other’s company.”

Roemer reported that on Oct. 5, the center will start “phasing in” other activities and events. The Eavesdropper publication will come out with details and senior center members should see it in their mail or mailbox soon, she said. She said the Eavesdropper has a revitalized new look and where applicable, there will be links for the public to get further information.

Anyone wishing to get the Eavesdropper emailed can call the center’s business office at (518) 762-4643.

Roemer. offered a “big thank you” to Liz Argotsinger, Beth Dillenbeck and Kathryn Moore for donating three “beautiful” quilt barn squares to the center. She also thanked the city Department of Public Works for putting them up on the building.

“They really brighten up the front of the building and we will now be part of the Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail,” Roemer. said. “We have brochures available for anyone wanting to take a ride along the trail or just learn more about it.”

Elsewhere in her report, Roemer. reminded the public the Farmer’s Market continues outside the center in the parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays until mid-October. She said local vendors are selling a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, maple syrup and distilled products. Customers are reminded to wear a mask and socially distance, Roemer said.

In other city official reports to the council:

— The City Assessor’s Office continues to enter sales and work on the 2021 tax roll. A reminder was offered to all new homeowners to apply for the STAR exemption either online at tax.ny.gov; or calling (518) 457-2036.

— City Clerk Carrie Allen reported total office sales to the public for August was $4,938. They included revenue from fees and permits from: DPW/codes, dogs, bingo, marriage, landfill, miscellaneous and health.

Allen said her office continues to inventory and organize records into a database for record management. She said cleaning and organizing the Records Retention Room will continue the next few months.

The clerk also reported a new safe was delivered for vital records storage. The cabinet previously used was not secure or fireproofed, which Allen said is required under state Cultural and Affairs Law.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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