Locally-filmed NBC show featuring Nick Offerman to air Sunday; Show visited Montgomery, Fulton counties

Locally-filmed NBC show featuring Nick Offerman to air Sunday; Show visited Montgomery, Fulton counties

MONTGOMERY AND FULTON COUNTIES -- Sifting through local archives and helping people research their family history is all in a day’s work for Montgomery County Historian Kelly Farquhar.She recently used those skills to assist actor Nick Offerman with tracing his family history as part of the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?”The actor and the show’s production team came to the area last fall and filmed at Montgomery County’s local history and genealogy research library among other locations for an episode slated to air at 7 p.m. Sunday.“It was a really great experience,” Farquhar said.The Emmy Award-winning documentary series…
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Class of 2022: Johnstown senior Gerlach joins father’s construction business

Class of 2022: Johnstown senior Gerlach joins father’s construction business

JOHNSTOWN - There’s been no question about it.William Gerlach, a Johnstown High School graduating senior, has known that he wanted to go into business with his father since he was about 6 years old. His father, Gregg Gerlach, owns Gerlach & Son Contracting and works on home construction projects all over the Johnstown, Gloversville and Broadalbin area.William Gerlach has been tagging along on projects from a young age, at first just watching and learning.“When I turned about eight years old he started letting me actually work,” Gerlach said.Since school let out earlier this month, he’s started working with his father…
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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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