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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 ...

County OK’s lighting agreement

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized agreements with two entities for the county’s building lighting and county jail energy improvement project. The board authorized a seven-year, tax-free equipment lease purchase agreement with National Grid — at a ...

Plans for new town office building go forward

GLEN — Plans for a proposed new town highway garage and town office building moved forward as the planning board passed a motion allowing for a special use permit. A special use permit would allow for a portion of a five-acre parcel of land owned by the town on Auriesville Road to be used ...

Common Council to look at lighting proposal

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council is poised to pick a consulting firm — to assist the city with a new LED street lighting project — at its business meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The council will consider a resolution to accept a request for qualifications proposal from Siemens ...

Pooch Plunge event rescheduled for this Sunday

AMSTERDAM — The Montgomery County SPCA 8th Annual Pooch Plunge has been rescheduled for Sunday, due to the forecast of inclement weather today.  The event will be held from noon to 4pm at the Veterans Park swimming pool on Locust Avenue in Amsterdam.   According to a news release from ...

Bannertown fair begins

MAYFIELD — The smell of fried dough was in the air as the 42nd Bannertown Fair kicked off Thursday with hundreds of locals filling up lines to carnival games, rides and food vendors. For many, the Bannertown Fair is something they look forward to every year. Tony Casale, who was there ...

Tour given of Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s renovations

GLOVERSVILLE — Work on the physical education building and science labs is rapidly progressing at Fulton Montgomery Community College ahead of the fall semester. FMCC President Dustin Swanger led the Board of Trustees on a tour of the ongoing renovation work being done in the physical ...

Johnstown’s supervisor Jack Wilson enters dispute

JOHNSTOWN — Town Supervisor Jack Wilson has entered a dispute involving a state political candidate and a town councilman, publicly acknowledging the latter never approached him to review the former’s non-existent town personnel records. State Assembly candidate Robert Smullen recently ...

Fulton County supervisors to adopt local law

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday adopted a local law increasing the salaries of elected and appointed county positions by 2.6 percent for the period 2018 through 2021. Action followed a public hearing, for which there were no speakers at the County Office ...

Canajoharie Superintendent Grimshaw to retire at end of school year

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie Central School District Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw, who has served the district since December 2011, will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year. “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the Canajoharie school community,” Grimshaw said ...

Gould’s to host employee reunion

JOHNSTOWN — After 30 years since Gould’s Department Store closed, former employees of the store will gather this fall for a reunion. The reunion will take place on Oct. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Johnstown Moose Lodge. “It’s time,” Donna VanAernam, a former employee of the ...

Solar energy project approved for Gloversville landfill

GLOVERSVILLE — The city awarded a contract for a solar project at the former landfill Tuesday nearly three years after a bid awarded for another project at the site failed to materialize. The Common Council approved a resolution awarding a contract to Ameresco, Inc. for a solar energy ...