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$225K waste settlement paid

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County has received $225,000 from Montgomery County as part of a previous settlement reached over the former county’s use of the Fulton County landfill. Fulton County Department of Solid Waste Director David Rhodes informed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works ...

GESD moves forward to clean site

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education passed a resolution during a special board meeting Monday to authorize an emergency project to remediate the fields at Kingsborough Elementary School where tannery waste was found in the soil. The resolution ...

Victim advocate positions could be eliminated

JOHNSTOWN — After serving crime victims for over 27 years with full-time staff, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office may be concluding those services. District Attorney Chad Brown approached the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee with several personnel matters Monday ...

Sheriff requests position be added

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is seeking to create a new corporal position to be funded through the county’s 2020 budget. Sheriff Richard Giardino told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee on Monday that the position is sorely needed. “I’m asking ...

County mulls selling building

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is considering putting its former county Probation Department building in Gloversville up for sale. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee voted Monday at the County Office Building to put out requests for proposal to sell the 64 E. Fulton St. ...

Area man steals shotgun, kills self

MAYFIELD — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday identified the Northville resident who killed himself Saturday night at a village of Mayfield Stewart’s Shop after police were looking for him in connection with a burglary that included a stolen shotgun. Deputies in a news ...

League gets $14K study grant

AMSTERDAM — The Historic Amsterdam League was awarded $14,560 to study the west side of the city. According to a press release, the league was recently awarded the money from Preservation League of New York state to conduct a “reconnaissance level study” of the west side of Amsterdam. ...

Pooch Plunge gets ASPCA closer to goals

AMSTERDAM — The Montgomery County American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals appears to be in the homestretch for constructing a new shelter. The society is halfway toward a $3.2 million building that will double its space for cats, dogs and some other animals on Route 5S and ...

Library comes ‘alive’ after hours

CANAJOHARIE — When children have sleepovers, that’s to be expected. But when stuffed animals sleep over, that requires some imagination—of which kids have plenty. On Aug. 20, Canajoharie Free Library gave nine children—ages 2 1/2 to 9— a chance to find out what their favorite ...

Spirit of the Wolf Festival helps preserve Native American culture

BROADALBIN — William Redhook of Gloversville, who said he is 75 percent Sioux, came to the 10th annual Spirit of the Wolf Native American Festival Saturday for both social and cultural reasons. “I usually get involved in the dances,” he said. Redhook is concerned about Native ...

Man commits suicide after police standoff

MAYFIELD — A man committed suicide by gunshot in the parking lot of the Mayfield Stewart’s Shop Saturday night following a standoff with police, according to Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino. A stolen vehicle was pulled over by a Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Saturday during ...

Housing authority approves $2.44M 2020 budget

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $2.44 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020 that projects revenue will outpace spending for the authority by an estimated $31,768. The GHA’s $2.44 million operating budget for fiscal ...

Audit finds lack of oversight of funds

BENSON — As a result of an audit done by the state comptroller’s office that found a lack of oversight for bank account transfers and check disbursements, the town board was required to develop a corrective action plan that addresses the findings and recommendations given by the ...

Annual Young Eagles Day offers youths the experience of flying

JOHNSTOWN — For some youths, just being aloft in the single-engine airplane is fun in itself. For others, being able to see the Adirondacks and western Massachusetts while flying over Johnstown is amazing. A few may decide someday to go into aviation. All these are worthwhile for area ...

Construction on Mayfield roundabout started

MAYFIELD — Construction has started on the roundabout at the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A in the town. The construction had been slated to start Aug. 1, but was initially delayed by the state. The $1.5 million safety improvement project will change the intersection into a single-lane ...

ART TRAIL TOUR

NORTHVILLE — With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures expected for this weekend, the Sacadaga Valley Arts Network Arts Trails is a good way for art enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the tri-counties while also seeing stunning artwork by area artists, having the opportunity to talk with ...

A trip to the moon, almost

FORT PLAIN — A science teacher at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School had an out-of-this-world experience this summer attending a prestigious professional development program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Patrick Petty attended the LiftOff Summer Institute in June in which ...

Free paint up for grabs

JOHNSTOWN — Free paint is available at the Fulton County Latex Paint Exchange, which has more than 200 gallons of good latex paint to give away. The program is open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the next two Saturdays in August at the Solid Waste Department, 847 Mud Road. Fulton County ...

Nellis sentenced to 40 years to life

JOHNSTOWN — Daniel Nellis was sentenced on Thursday in Fulton County Court to 40 years to life imprisonment for the murder of 21-year-old Michaela MacVilla, along with weapons charges. Fulton County Court Judge Polly Hoye sentenced Nellis to 25 years to life for second-degree murder; for ...