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Solar farms seek PILOT nod

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will consider approving resolutions requiring Payment In Lieu of Taxes agreements for two solar farm projects at its meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building. The session is due to begin with a presentation to a Fulton County ...

Paver fundraiser to benefit library

FORT PLAIN — Members of the Fort Plain community, as well as surrounding areas, can become a permanent part of the Fort Plain Free Library’s multi-phase renovation project. The library is working to raise 25 percent of the needed budget that will help to complete renovations through a ...

Johnstown school board ready to move forward

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Thursday night accepted the resignation of Superintendent Patricia Kilburn, and discussed the pending search for her replacement. Board President Christopher Tallon joked about accepting the resignation when it came up ...

Family pets perish in morning blaze

OPPENHEIM — A structure fire at a home in Oppenheim caused extensive damage throughout the home and killed several pets including a dog and two ferrets. At approximately 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Company and Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to 345 Mill ...

The Eddie set for this Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — Area residents will have a chance to take in a full day of live music while remembering a well-known figure from the local music scene during the seventh annual Eddie Music Festival on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at the Concordia Club. The Eddie is an annual music festival ...

EMO seeking $29K state grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Emergency Management Office is looking to use $28,850 in state grant money for vehicle equipment. Office Director Steven Santa Maria recently received permission through a budget amendment from the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee to utilize part ...

Drunk driver crashes, resists police

MAYFIELD — A car accident on Priddle Point Road led to the arrest of an Albany resident who was allegedly driving drunk and made attempts to flee from police. Eli M. Grajales, 25, of Albany was charged by state police with driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, ...

Udderly Delicious burglarized

JOHNSTOWN — A thief broke into longtime ice cream business Udderly Delicious early Tuesday morning, making off with at least over $1,000 in cash. Udderly owner Jim Skiff declined to say Wednesday how much cash was taken. He said it was the first time his 340 N. Comrie Ave. business had been ...

Big turn out for National Night Out in city

GLOVERSVILLE — Approaching storm clouds didn’t dampen the spirits of area residents participating in a variety of activities while mingling with police and emergency services personnel during National Night Out at Darling Field on Tuesday. National Night Out is hosted by law enforcement ...

Residents raise concerns over farmland loss to solar farms

PALATINE — Town residents expressed their concerns and asked questions regarding the Nexamp Solar Farm at Caswell and Gray Roads. The Town Planning Board held a public hearing on the solar farm project to give residents the opportunity to address their thoughts on the project. One of ...

Sheriff’s dept. sees busy summer

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Sheriff’s Department activity is up this summer after a busy first six months of 2019. “We have been truly busy since summer started,” Sheriff Richard Giardino recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee. Giardino presented the ...

Village files action against Ephratah

JOHNSTOWN — The village of St. Johnsville recently filed action in state Supreme Court against the town of Ephratah, attempting to get assessments lowered on some of its property lying within the neighboring Fulton County municipality. The Montgomery County village on July 23 filed a notice ...

New water tower being installed

GLOVERSVILLE — A project to replace the Gloversville Water Department’s Eagle Street water tank, as mandated by the state Department of Health, is currently underway and is expected to be complete sometime this fall. The unfunded mandate from the DOH for the city to replace its 1.25 ...

Two big projects get Johnstown planning board nod

JOHNSTOWN — The city Planning Board on Tuesday approved two private construction projects. Action by the board at City Hall followed public hearings for each project, in which no one spoke. The board approved a project by Ruby & Quiri, at 307 N. Comrie Ave. The longtime home ...

Construction delayed on Route 30/30A roundabouts

MAYFIELD — Construction for the Route 30 and 30A Intersection Safety Improvement project that was expected to begin Aug. 1 has been delayed. Mayor Jamie Ward said the project to construct a single-lane roundabout is now expected to start on Aug. 19. Ward said the delayed project is ...

CRG website upgrades illustrated

JOHNSTOWN — Improvements to the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s website were illustrated in a brief presentation recently before the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee. CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters reported the CRG’s new website at ...

Worker seeking damages from counties

JOHNSTOWN — A Washington County contractor who fell while working on a Fulton-Montgomery Community College project in summer 2018 is suing both Fulton and Montgomery counties. Norman Himes of County Highway 41, Hudson Falls, filed a lawsuit June 20 in state Supreme Court in Johnstown, ...

Gloversville native set to release book

By JENNIFER FARNSWORTH For The Leader-Herald GLOVERSVILLE — Accomplished journalist Susan Ashline is just days away from her official release of the book she proposed just a little over a year ago. Ashline, a native of Gloversville, plans to mark the release of her much anticipated first ...

Kingsborough Elementary field contaminated with tannery waste

GLOVERSVILLE — Environmental testing conducted on the field adjacent to Kingsborough Elementary School in July after the surface recently became uneven with areas of standing water and smelling of sulfur has uncovered soil contaminated with tannery waste. Gloversville Enlarged School ...