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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Hope endures: Late DA’s legacy of advocacy remembered, call for support continues

Hope endures: Late DA’s legacy of advocacy remembered, call for support continues

FULTON COUNTY – Ribbons filled a tree in front of the Fulton County Courthouse last week – names written upon them in remembrance.The Tree of Hope was planted 13 years ago to the day by the late - Hon. Louise Sira, former county district attorney and judge - a sign to crime victims and their families. This time, over 100 people gathered to rededicate the tree in her honor and continue her legacy of advocacy.The event, held by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, the Family Counseling Center of Fulton County, and the center’s Domestic Violence Program last week, annually…
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Gloversville Public Library budget proposition passes

Gloversville Public Library budget proposition passes

GLOVERSVILLE -- A proposed $553,695 tax levy by the Gloversville Public Library passed Tuesday, 139 to 55.The proposal was a $50,000 increase over the library's 2021 levy, which breaks down to roughly six cents per thousand of assessed value, and accounts for 81% of the library's revenue, according to the library. However, the facility's total revenues only account for 77.42% of its expenses.Library Director Valerie Acklin said the library has a goal of turning its deficit budget around in the next few years."The board is adamant about turning that around with as little burden on our community as possible, which is…
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