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Area franchise owner gives back

GLOVERSVILLE — While local healthcare workers and first responders heed the call of duty amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, one local business owner is doing his part to keep them fueled as they continue their work on the frontlines of the pandemic.    As today has been deemed ...

Town readies to reopen

JOHNSTOWN — The town plans to reopen the Town Highway Department in full by May 15, along with the town hall which has been closed since March as the state slowly starts to reopen, as different regions in the state will be reopening at different times. The Johnstown Town Board held a ...

Two charged in gun thefts

GLOVERSVILLE — Two Fulton County residents were taken into custody by Gloversville police late last week after a pair of burglaries in the city that resulted in the theft of firearms. According to a police press release, Timothy C. Belden, 31, of 121 N. Second St., Northville, was charged ...

Officials: Telehealth is here to stay

Dr. Deborah McMahan, the health commissioner for Allen County, Indiana, admitted that she used to be skeptical of telehealth. Now, she sees it as the future.  McMahan had her first telehealth appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I’ve actually had to use telemedicine during this ...

B-P reorganization ahead

BROADALBIN — Although many events, activities and other plans have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Broadalbin-Perth Central School District was able to get a head start on its reorganization plans since the schools have been closed. The district’s plans to ...

Joint food drop planned for southern Adirondack area

NORTHVILLE — The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York will host a Southern Adirondack Area Food Drop on Wednesday, May 13 at Northville Central School. “Food insecurity has increased dramatically due to the economic impact of COVID-19,” said MVP Health Care’s Senior Leader for ...

Museum going virtual for 2020

GLOVERSVILLE — In response to COVID-19, which has closed the doors of all cultural organizations across New York state, the Fulton County Historical Society will reach out to audiences virtually in 2020 rather than welcoming them to the museum. The building will not be open to the public for ...

Parents find way to honor graduates

JOHNSTOWN — Parents in Gloversville and Johnstown this week surprised high school seniors across the Glove Cities school districts who are missing out while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus on quintessential moments most students look forward to and remember for years. Across ...

Alcohol sales up during pandemic

By COLIN MCGUIRE Special to The Leader-Herald With states shut down and stay-at-home orders in effect as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many liquor and beer stores throughout the country have seen an uptick in sales.   Our reporters reached out to businesses in five states this ...

Speaking out

Editor’s note: The employee’s name has been changed to protect her identity. GLOVERSVILLE — An employee of the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare where 27 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus says residents and staff members are receiving insufficient ...

Dairy farmers struggling due to COVID-19

BROADALBIN — After struggling through years of hardships and low prices, dairy producers were looking at 2020 to be a good year — and then the coronavirus hit. Restaurants and schools were closed to help slow the spread of the virus, taking away a big chunk of the dairy farmer’s ...

Superintendents asked to plan for 2020-21

JOHNSTOWN — School closures across New York State will remain in effect for the remainder of the academic school year, and distance learning for students will continue for the rest of the year as well, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. In addition to distance learning, districts will ...

Johnstown finalizing budget

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education is aiming to restore programs including sports and extracurricular activities for students in the 2020-21 school budget. During a virtual BOE meeting on Wednesday, in which the board focused on administrative, capital and ...

County hustled to secure PPE’s for responders

JOHNSTOWN — At the start of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, personal protection equipment intended for Fulton County was intercepted by the federal government the vendor told officials, causing a shortage for first responders and law enforcement personnel, according to meeting minutes ...

Health Department quarantine info

JOHNSTOWN — Those who were at Advance Auto Parts in Johnstown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 are asked to contact Fulton County Public Health immediately at (518) 736-5720 and remain at home under precautionary quarantine until the May 11.

Fulton County offers COVID-19 update

JOHNSTOWN — COVID-19 is present in Fulton County and residents are being asked to do their part to stop the spread. The number of Fulton County residents tested has increased, but testing is still limited in our community. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is present in people ...

Drive-thru food pantry set for Friday

FONDA — A drive-thru food pantry, sponsored by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith, will be held Friday at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The event, which is being conducted in conjunction with the New York National Guard and the United Way of Montgomery County, ...

Johnstown school board set to meet

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The public may live stream this meeting by visiting the following link: https://stream.meet.google.com/u/1/stream/e9f27d00-dc14-4f38-8130-df8cf132d665 When prompted ...

Local business owner seeks burglary info

GLOVERSVILLE — A local business owner is offering a reward to anyone who can provide information on a burglary that took place at the business last Sunday night. Joe Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Service, 974 Route 29A, Gloversville, said at least two people broke into the garage Sunday ...

Nigra Center finding ways to support students

MAYFIELD — The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts Transitions program has continued to find ways to support its students and parents during this unpredicted health crisis. According to a press release, Transitions, a program that provides services to young adults with autism spectrum ...