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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College sports eligibility expanded for HFM PTECH students

College sports eligibility expanded for HFM PTECH students

Fulton Montgomery Community College and the HFM PTECH program have announced a new partnership agreement that will allow PTECH students finishing their associates degrees at the college to participate in intercollegiate athletics, provided the student has exhausted their high school athletic eligibility. The new sports eligibility is coming at a time when FMCC has struggled to field some of its traditional intercollegiate sports teams amid declining enrollment at the college. FMCC did not field a men's baseball or women's softball team for the spring semester and the women's basketball team's season was delayed until January due to housing problems at…
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Fonda-Fultonville baseball falls in Class B semifinals

Fonda-Fultonville baseball falls in Class B semifinals

GUILDERLAND — Time and time again, the baseball didn’t bounce in favor of Fonda-Fultonville in one of the biggest games of the season Monday afternoon. Ichabod Crane took advantage of Fonda-Fultonville’s struggling pitching staff, several errors and won the Section II Class B semifinal 8-2 at Dutchmen Park in Guilderland. “We just didn't have our best performance today, no doubt about it,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Rick Palumbo said. “Their pitcher had us off-balance, but I don't think our approach at the plate was as good as it should have been and we didn't get off to a good start on the…
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Wild win sends Canajoharie to Section II Class CC championship game

Wild win sends Canajoharie to Section II Class CC championship game

GLOVERSVILLE – After third-seeded Maple Hill staved off a sixth-inning rally by Canajoharie and tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, the second-seeded Cougars found themselves on the verge of elimination Monday from the Section II Class CC baseball tournament. However, the Cougars were not done. Canajoharie tied the game up with one out in the bottom of the seventh, before Tyler Montanye, who came on to pinch run for Kyler Peet, beat the throw back to the plate on a wild pitch to score the game-winner and put the Cougars in the Class CC…
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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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New Johnstown shop caters to budding business of home marijuana cultivation

New Johnstown shop caters to budding business of home marijuana cultivation

JOHNSTOWN — There really is an Uncle Bud, but he's not Karl Lakata's uncle and he's not in the same line of business.Lakata recently opened a horticulture shop on North Market Street and borrowed the nickname of the guy who would rent out a hay wagon for a music festival Lakata's friend organized."Bud" is also a nickname for marijuana, and that's what Lakata expects a lot of customers to be interested in as they visit Uncle Bud's Grow Shop. Growing your own marijuana at home will soon be a legal option in New York, and he expects a large demand for…
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