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100 Women Who Care makes another donation

JOHNSTOWN — The 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills on Thursday made a donation to an area veterans group, pushing its total donations to more than $100,000 to charitable organizations since it began in 2018. The group made a $16,500 donation to the Ballston Spa-based Veterans ...

Property sales nets $72K for city

JOHNSTOWN — The city is reporting it netted $72,760 from a recent property auction involving sale of eight city-owned parcels. The Common Council voted Monday night at City Hall to accept the highest bids from the Dec. 11 auction. Those bidders have 30 days from Monday to pay the full bid ...

Caroga officials moving forward with eminent domain

CAROGA — The town board is moving forward with the eminent domain procedure for the Morey Road extension trail project and is holding a special meeting Saturday at Town Hall at 11 a.m. to discuss its plans. The town’s attorney, Greg Dunn, received the new and updated appraisals for the ...

Illegally parked trucks still a problem

JOHNSTOWN —Trucks parked illegally at or near the Johnstown Industrial Park — a longtime problem for local police — has continued. City police Chief David Gilbo reported to the Common Council Monday night at City Hall that his department is trying to crack down on the ...

New GHA director faced busy month

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on Tuesday was briefed on maintenance and leasing activities across the authority by the agency’s interim executive director following her first month in the new role. The board announced the resignation of Executive ...

Montgomery County DMV hours to change to accommodate public

FONDA — In effort to improve services to the public, hours at the Montgomery County Department of Motor Vehicles will change. According to a press release, Montgomery County Clerk Brittany Kolbe announced new hours at the DMV will change starting on Feb. 4, on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to ...

Joanne Freeman passes away, 65

JOHNSTOWN — Family, friends, community members and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services staff and students are all mourning the death of Board of Education President Joanne Freeman. Freeman, 65, who served on the HFM BOCES Board of Education for almost 10 ...

Few line up at Fulton County DMV for licenses

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s state Department of Motor Vehicles office in Johnstown by midweek hadn’t had anyone follow through with formally applying for a New York state driver’s license under the new “Green Light Law” that went into effect Monday. “We had a few people come ...

Unfinished work prompts possible legal action

JOHNSTOWN — A Capital District construction company doing state-mandated work for the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility didn’t complete the project’s corrective work by a required date, necessitating possible legal action. Facility Manager Wallace Arnold recently told ...

Board says goodbye to town officials

AMSTERDAM — The town board said goodbye to a town justice and the court clerk after 30 years of service at their meeting Wednesday evening. Town justice Herbert Menge and court clerk Debra Szwarnowicz were honored with a keepsake item and T-shirt from the board. Merge and Szwarnowicz both ...

2 charged in woman’s death appear in Saratoga County Court

BALLSTON SPA —The two men accused of murder for the death of 22-year-old Allyzibeth LaMont appeared in court for arraignment on Tuesday where both men pleaded not guilty. George Kakavelos, 51, of Ballston Spa and James Duffy, 34, of Johnstown appeared separately in Saratoga County Court in ...

Two-family city home damaged in blaze likely ‘salvageable’

GLOVERSVILLE — A fire in a two-family home on East Fulton Street shut down the roadway for roughly two and a half hours Tuesday morning as crews worked to extinguish the initial blaze and searched for extensions. The fire that broke out at 238 E. Fulton St. on Tuesday was called in around ...

‘Floating classroom’ showing success

BROADALBIN — Students using the “floating classroom” presented their findings to the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Board of Education Monday evening. The science research class works with a pontoon boat, known as “Patriot 1,” to survey the Great Sacandaga Lake for ...

‘Accountability’ results are in

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District has received its “accountability” designation from the state Education Department, but details are not being made public yet. Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan relayed the news to the Board of Education at its recent meeting at ...

Park electric upgrade on hold

JOHNSTOWN — Due to wintry conditions, National Grid has decided to wait until spring to accomplish a long-anticipated primary electric upgrade project for the Tryon Technology Park. Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz recently told his board at the Fort ...

PBA, city reach deal

JOHNSTOWN — The city and its police union have a new five-year contract starting Jan. 1 carrying an average 2.5 percent annual wage hike, according to City Treasurer Michael Gifford. The Common Council ratified the new agreement Monday night at City Hall. Following the session, Gifford ...

Many paths to recovery

Editor’s note: This is the final article of a three-part series on the opioid crisis in our area. In order to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in our communities, local recovery service providers throughout the region are embracing both traditional and new-age treatment options for ...

Budget keeps taxes level

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night adopted a $13.9 million final city budget for 2020 that doesn’t raise taxes. In a simple resolution, with amendments attached, the council approved next year’s spending plan at City Hall. The adopted city budget for 2020 totals about $14 ...

New downtown development specialist starts

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Board of Directors on Friday welcomed the incoming Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist who will officially take over the position on the first of the year. Current Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings ...