Comedian returns to his roots for Gloversville show

Comedian returns to his roots for Gloversville show

GLOVERSVILLE - Comedian Tommy McClellan will return to his roots Friday night to perform a Glove Theatre show centered on running, mental health and family. “One of the reasons I love coming back to doing shows in Fulton County is because I started running and doing comedy there, and it gave me everything,” McClellan said. McClellan grew up in Gloversville and attended Mayfield Central Schools, managing to break many of the school’s running records before graduating in 2013. He went on to run at Iona College, where he also studied mass communications. In between running and studying, McClellan interned on…
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Art gallery brings new faces to Walter Elwood Museum

Art gallery brings new faces to Walter Elwood Museum

Walking into Amsterdam’s Walter Elwood Museum several years ago, artist Brent Birnbaum felt a connection to the place.At the time, he was looking for studio space outside of the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of Queens, where he lived.Birnbaum stumbled upon much more than that at the museum, where he has since not only secured studio space but also opened a contemporary art gallery called Walter’s.“A lot of my artwork that I’ve been cultivating for 20 years is about objects and building collections,” Birnbaum said. “So when I first walked in here in 2017, I immediately felt like ‘This is for me.…
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FMCC’s Family Empowerment program removes barriers for single parents

FMCC’s Family Empowerment program removes barriers for single parents

As a single parent, studying at SUNY Fulton-Montgomery Community College full-time is a sacrifice for Amsterdam resident Jessica Bortell. It leaves her fewer hours to work and to be with her 9-year-old son Dinari. However, it’s a sacrifice that she’s hoping will pay off, and in the meantime, she’s found help through the Family Empowerment Community College Pilot Program. It aims to help single parents who are attending college by providing daycare services, laptop loans, emergency fund assistance, tutoring, workshops and career counseling, among other services. It’s a State University of New York program that was launched three years ago.…
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Gloversville author tracks history of antique tools

Gloversville author tracks history of antique tools

GLOVERSVILLE -- Tools tell the story. That’s the way that Gloversville author Donald R. Williams sees it and he set out several years ago to record those stories. The fruits of his labor can be found in “Grandfather’s Tool Chest,” a hardcover book that features photographs and stories of about 400 antique tools, each collected by Williams. “I collected the tools, and as I collected them I collected the stories on them. I started 23 years ago and I’d write down [each] story,” Williams said.Published earlier this year, “Grandfather’s Tool Chest” follows several other books that Williams has written, mainly…
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Amsterdam filmmaker’s ‘The Last Frankenstein’ at The Movieplex in Johnstown

Amsterdam filmmaker’s ‘The Last Frankenstein’ at The Movieplex in Johnstown

Photo Caption: Left, the poster for "The Last Frankenstein," written and directed by David Weaver, right. Cast members include Michael Wetherbee, bottom right, as The Creature and William Barnet, center, as Jason Frankenstein. Photos Provided An Amsterdam cinephile’s debut feature film is hitting the big screen. “The Last Frankenstein,” written and directed by David Weaver of Gila Films, was screened on Saturday at Proctors and then headed to The Movieplex in Johnstown for a two-week run. Weaver has enjoyed watching movies since he was a kid, and thanks to his extended family, he was exposed to a variety of film genres…
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