Safe Boating Week provides reminders ahead of Memorial Day, summer

Safe Boating Week provides reminders ahead of Memorial Day, summer

GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE — The Great Sacandaga Lake multi-jurisdictional training exercise set to take place Thursday morning at the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District in Mayfield is now in its seventh year. It started with four or five boats in 2016, according to Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino. In 2022, nearly 100 personnel from more than a dozen agencies will take part. "Every year it gets a little larger," said Giardino, whose office organizes the event with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. "But that's good because what that does is it teaches us to network. So when we do have…
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Johnstown city officials, water board tension not new: Predates Praught, Capparello, resolutions still far off

Johnstown city officials, water board tension not new: Predates Praught, Capparello, resolutions still far off

JOHNSTOWN — The strained relationship between Johnstown City Hall and the city's Water Board located just next door, along with the array of issues facing the city's Water Department, are nothing new. The city has twice brought referendums to city voters — in 2015 and 2020 — to abolish the Water Board, which were both voted down. Former Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown assembled a grand jury for a three-month investigation in 2019 to hear complaints between the two elected bodies. In September 2020, state district engineer Chris Demme informed the city it needed to take "immediate action" to hire properly certified assistant…
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Johnstown-native, SUNY Schenectady student continues to beat obstacles, excel with family, community

Johnstown-native, SUNY Schenectady student continues to beat obstacles, excel with family, community

JOHNSTOWN – Sydney Swedick is still a bit in shock.The 19-year-old Johnstown native said she’s always had a “try everything” mentality, being from a smaller community. So, as her time at SUNY Schenectady is coming to an end, she applied for a number of scholarships and awards, including the All-USA Academic Team. That one, even after becoming one of only 2,200 nominees nationwide, she never expected to win.Then, two weeks ago, she received her medallion as one of only 20 community college students to receive the award at the Phi Theta Kappa President’s Breakfast at the American Association of Community…
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Johnstown water emergency extended again

Johnstown water emergency extended again

JOHNSTOWN – Johnstown Mayor Amy Praught on Thursday extended the limited state of emergency because of the city’s water system operations for a fifth month. The emergency order, which was set to expire at the end of Friday, effectively keeps the city – rather than the Water Board – in control of the Water Department’s day-to-day operations. Praught issued the original declaration during the city’s Jan. 1 organizational meeting, when the city was facing the impending resignation of its senior water plant operator John Denmark, which would have left the city without a qualified water filtration operator. That could have…
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FMCC students create more opportunities for families to access books in Fulton County communities

FMCC students create more opportunities for families to access books in Fulton County communities

GLOVERSVILLE – Erica Gauer was a reading and classroom teacher in the City of Albany School District for 24 years. She’s seen what books can do for young children, particularly those from low-income families. On Tuesday morning, after two years of waiting, a project to create more opportunities for early engagement with reading came to fruition at Gloversville Public Library. During the early months of 2020, now an assistant professor in Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Early Childhood Education program, Gauer saw the initiatives her local library was pursuing locally and was inspired to create a similar project in one of her…
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Broadalbin-Perth board candidates meet voters at public forum

Broadalbin-Perth board candidates meet voters at public forum

BROADALBIN -- Residents came out to hear from the six candidates for Broadalbin-Perth school board, as well as the district's 2022-2023 budget proposal, Monday night in the district's brand-new lecture hall at the high school, built as part of its recent capital project.Those running facing off for two seats being vacated this summer by board Vice President Robert Becker and board member Stephen Syzdek, each term is five years. Each person in the race is seeking their first term on the board.Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson spoke during the meeting about the number of residents stepping forward to run, particularly during an election…
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