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Tempers flare at town of Johnstown board meeting

JOHNSTOWN — During the town’s meeting Monday, tensions were at an all-time-high between councilmen during a dispute involving Robert Smullen’s campaign for the 118th Assembly District and his use of veterans tax exemptions. The dispute began during public comment period when a resident ...

Office of the Aging celebrates 40 years of service to seniors

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Office for Aging started out as the proverbial acorn in 1978 with an office in the basement of the county building, a full-time director and part-time staff to run a recreational program for the elderly. In 40 years it has grown into a comprehensive program ...

Capital projects nearing completion

GLOVERSVILLE — Work on the Gloversville Enlarged School District’s capital projects are winding down across school campuses, with some work due to continue after school starts in two weeks. Bob Grande of Turner Construction provided the Board of Education an update on the continuing work ...

Smullen surrenders two pistols

JOHNSTOWN — State Assembly candidate Robert Smullen of Johnstown on Monday surrendered two pistols he owns, due to his July 24 felony arrest. Smullen and his campaign immediately seized upon the development to call for all to protect Second Amendment rights. Campaign aide Mike Rose on ...

Computer upgrade project established

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Aug. 13 formally established a county personal computer upgrade project for the county’s Information Services Department. The county’s 2018 capital plan identifies a $38,168 PC upgrade project. The Board of Supervisors on Monday at the County ...

City to host first annual ZFest

GLOVERSVILLE — A local Zumba instructor is teaming up with the Gloversville Recreation Commission to host the city’s first annual ZFest featuring three hours of Zumba classes, tumbling demonstrations, music, children’s activities, local vendors and more at Trail Station Park on Friday ...

Consultant chosen for Johnstown lighting project

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday selected a consulting firm to assist the city with a new LED street lighting project at its meeting at City Hall. The council voted to accept a request for qualifications, RFQ proposal, from Siemens Industry Inc. The firm was selected among five ...

County expands district boundaries

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 13 amended county Water District No. 1 boundaries on Route 67 to allow inclusion of 107 properties encompassing 1,173 acres. The waterline currently runs from the city of Johnstown to Fulton-Montgomery Community College, with the ...

911 signs available in Bleecker

BLEECKER — Residents in the town will soon have better emergency coverage with the town board and Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company teaming up to provide reflective 911 signage for homes and businesses. According to a news release, the fire company approached the Town Board recently and ...

Car show and wine tasting draws crowd

FULTONVILLE — The Hummingbird Hill Winery let the good times roll in on antique tires at its sixth annual car show Saturday afternoon. Fifty cars, a record-breaking number for the winery, competed to be named one of the “Top 20” while attendees could sip free wine samples, feast on ...

Banner weather for parade

MAYFIELD — This Saturday marked 42 years of the Bannertown Parade sauntering down village streets, tipping its hat to the locals who have worked to keep a community running and growing for even longer. Spectators lined both sides of School and West Main streets, some still early in their ...

Declaring bankruptcy wasn’t easy

It’s never good being broke, and it’s worse if you have a wife and three children, as did early 19th century Johnstown resident Tunis Kershaw in 1828. Poor Tunis lived when bankruptcy was still a crime, punishable by imprisonment. Today we recognize that imprisoning debtors is ...

Ambulance service still in application phase

JOHNSTOWN — The city is working behind the scenes while it awaits word on its application to the state to operate a city government-run ambulance service. The Common Council in June acted on such a unit, to be run through the city Fire Department. The council authorized initiation of ...

ESP union agreement approved

JOHNSTOWN — A new collective bargaining agreement for Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Educational Support Personnel unit, or ESP union, was approved Monday by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors. The new contract is between the union, FMCC, and Fulton and Montgomery ...

City considers plan to convert street lights to LED fixtures

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials are reviewing options presented earlier this year to convert street lights to LED fixtures. SmartWatt Project Director Scott Clark reviewed a proposal his Ballston Spa based company prepared for the city earlier this year to convert the city’s street lights ...

County seeks public health director

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is searching to replace its former Public Health Department director, who left last month. County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Thursday the county has started to receive applications for the position. The position’s annual salary is being ...

Man found guilty of sexual abuse

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County Court jury on Thursday convicted a Gloversville sex offender of two charges, and he now faces up to seven years in state prison, in a case involving sexual acts performed in 2017 on a then seven-year-old boy. Robert J. Velett, 44, of 22 E Fulton St., was found ...

Willing Helpers Home dedicates its roses to benefactor Rose Knox

JOHNSTOWN — The Willing Helpers Home on Thursday dedicated its front yard rose bushes/garden to Rose Knox, as part of its 110 anniversary year, with local and state officials signaling approval. Mayor Vern Jackson, members of the home’s board of managers and Fulton-Montgomery Regional ...

Peace conference slated to continue today

FONDA — The 20th annual Kateri Peace Conference is scheduled to continue today, as people gather to discuss the current political and environmental state of the world. The two day event will take place in both Albany and in Fonda. The schedule of events began Friday at the First United ...