Andrew Waite

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Johnstown approves raises; Water Board presses on with plans for superintendent

Johnstown approves raises; Water Board presses on with plans for superintendent

JOHNSTOWN - Ahead of the December 1 deadline spelled out in the city charter, Johnstown’s Common Council passed a 2022 budget last week that includes a planned raise for the city attorney but a smaller-than-proposed raise for the city clerk. The mayor’s position will also get a last-minute raise of nearly $7,000. Meanwhile, the city’s Water Board has solidified its decision to hire a full-time superintendent, rejecting the Common Council’s counteroffer to have two city…
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Johnstown Holiday Parade to return, but with precautions 

Johnstown Holiday Parade to return, but with precautions 

Photo Caption: Santa Claus waves to the throngs of spectators lining North Main Street in Johnstown for the 10th annual Classic Image Johnstown Holiday Parade on in 2014. FILE PHOTO JOHNSTOWN  -- After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, Johnstown’s annual “Home for the Holidays” Holiday Parade will be held downtown on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., but not without safety precautions that are reminders of the times.   Fire Chief Bruce Heberer,…
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Newly renovated center in Gloversville crucial to mitigating mental health issues

Newly renovated center in Gloversville crucial to mitigating mental health issues

When Sheila Wood responded to a call from Gloversville High School earlier this month, a 16-year-old student experiencing delusions was screaming about digging a hole to live in. In anger, the student had flipped desks, which were still on their sides, Wood said. All the other students had been taken out of the classroom, but the teenager was still frantic, threatening two school staff members who were in the room, awaiting Wood’s arrival. Wood, the Children…
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Supply chain issues squeezing Johnstown’s small businesses

Supply chain issues squeezing Johnstown’s small businesses

JOHNSTOWN -- Edna Dermott, who owns The Plaid Giraffe cafe and gift shop with her family, fears the business may soon fail. “If it stays like this, I’ll shut my doors. We won’t have a choice,” said Dermott, who says she has occupied the store in downtown Johnstown for 11 years. “It hurts because I am taking from my house money to support my business. We take money from our household, and we put it in here…
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At Johnstown’s Hale Creek Correctional Facility, ‘sit,’ ‘stay’ become saving grace

At Johnstown’s Hale Creek Correctional Facility, ‘sit,’ ‘stay’ become saving grace

Photo Caption: Richard Mead , who is incarcerated, trains with Moe, a German Shepard mix from Fulton County Regional SPCA, during his last day of Pawsitivity K-9 Training at Hale Creek Correctional Facility in Johnstown. ERICA MILLER/THE LEADER-HERALD JOHNSTOWN - When Mollie first arrived at the Hale Creek Correctional Facility in Johnstown, she was skittish. She didn’t want to interact with people. She cried. Rasha Sullivan, an incarcerated individual in the medium-security facility that’s focused…
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Gloversville man used to overcoming struggle; Tells of going blind, running and return from alcoholism

Gloversville man used to overcoming struggle; Tells of going blind, running and return from alcoholism

Photo Caption: Bill Smith, a blind runner from Gloversville, is seen with Ed, his Guided Eyes Dog that is trained to run at the swimming pool at the Johnstown YMCA on Wednesday. Both Smith and Ed will be competing in this year’s Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. ERICA MILLER/THE LEADER-HERALD GLOVERSVILLE - By the time Bill Smith was designated as legally blind six years ago, he said his vision was so limited, he might…
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