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Hospitals are prepared for COVID-19

AMSTERDAM — Local hospitals, including St. Mary’s Healthcare and Nathan Littauer, are taking precautionary measures and steps every day to be prepared and fully equipped for the anticipated COVID-19 outbreak. Both hospitals have changed their visitor policies to suspend all visitation in ...

FMCC moves to remote learning

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Saturday announced that all classes, including labs, will move to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester following an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo restricting gatherings of any size for any reason meant to curb ...

Facility has until July 31 for chemical test

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility now has until July 31 to deal with a state Order of Consent for a pilot study on a chemical the facility needs to mitigate odors. The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently authorized board Chairman John Rizzo ...

CRG looks to help with COVID impact

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth this week said it is working closely with the federal government to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus. “What we’re doing is to have the 11-county region be declared a disaster area,” CRG President/CEO Ronald Peters ...

National Grid directing $500K for pandemic

JOHNSTOWN — National Grid announced this week it is directing $500,000 to support customers affected by the health impacts, financial hardships and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will provide immediate relief to families and individuals in need and bolster ...

Area Cancellations

The following is a list of area cancellations due to concern over the virus COVID-19. This is a work in progress and will be updated daily: Events ∫ The Resource Center for Independent Living is postponing the chair yoga for caregivers event, originally scheduled for Thursday, due to the ...

Local woman stuck in Italy

SAN VITO, Italy — While Fulton County grinds to a halt amid growing fears of the deadly coronavirus that has swept the world, one local resident is struggling to find her way home after a dream-trip to Italy was upended by the global pandemic, leaving her stranded in a foreign country. ...

GJSD officials: District is doing better financially this year

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District officials said Thursday the district is doing much better financially than last year — a proposed 9 percent tax levy hike compared to a 14 percent increase originally estimated for this year. The district is also touting $1.2 million in ...

Law enforcement sees rise in scam reports

AMSTERDAM — Local law enforcement agencies have had a spike in scam calls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Amsterdam Police Department have reported that residents have been called by a company promising to give all the ...

Foothills Art Council makes big plans for 2020

AMSTERDAM — The Foothills Arts Council began as a way of encouraging the arts downtown — and beyond. “We started in 2017 with just an idea,” said Jay Towne, its president. “I couldn’t be happier the way we’re going.” The group is collaborating with other organizations, ...

Area Cancellations

The following is a list of area cancellations due to concern over the virus COVID-19. This is a work in progress and will be updated daily: Events ∫ The Broadalbin Youth Commission Home Show and Craft Fair, schedule for today and Sunday, has been canceled. ∫ The Strikes for Strays ...

Fulton County has first case of virus

JOHNSTOWN — State and Fulton County authorities on Thursday confirmed that Fulton County has its first positive case of coronavirus, who is in self-quarantine. The state Department of Health confirmed the county now has one case. It was also confirmed by Fulton County Emergency Management ...

Nathan Littauer suspends all visitation

GLOVERSVILLE — Area hospitals this week closed their doors to all visitors following guidelines from the state Department of Health to protect and maintain the health and safety of patients and staff amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak. Locally, Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing ...

Where to get help, questions answered

MOHAWK VALLEY —As there have been more and more confirmed COVID-19 cases across New York state, with two confirmed cases in Montgomery County and one confirmed case in Fulton County, there has been confusion as to what to do with concerns of the virus and where to call to have those concerns ...

City to purchase two trucks

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council this week voted to purchase two garbage trucks for the city— one used and one new. City Engineer Christopher Vose said the council approved awarding a bid to Joe Johnson equipment, and purchasing a $125,000 used 2017 Western Star truck. “We’re hoping ...

Fulton County reduces staffing levels

JOHNSTOWN — As a precautionary measure related to the coronavirus spread, and in accordance with the recent Executive Order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Fulton County government has reduced its staffing levels by 50 percent through March 31. In addition, most county office locations will ...

Schools step up to the plate to feed kids

JOHNSTOWN — With school buildings shut down for coronavirus prevention, the Greater Johnstown School District is being proactive when it comes to feeding district students, right outside of Johnstown High School. Starting Tuesday, the city school system implemented a program in which school ...

First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN — State and Fulton County authorities this morning confirmed that Fulton County has its first positive case of coronavirus. The state Department of Health confirmed the county now has one case. It was also confirmed by Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa ...

Visitors no longer allowed

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Damaris Carbone on Wednesday notified residents of Kingsboro Towers and Forest Hills Towers that visitors will be prohibited at both senior residential buildings until further notice. The prohibition on outside visitors ...

Board OK’s solar PILOT agreement

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently approved a resolution requiring a pilot agreement for Gloversville Community Solar, LLC in the town of Johnstown, which allows a $50,000 PILOT agreement to start. The company plans to build and operate a solar energy system on ...