Mother Teresa’s Closet has reopened its doors in Johnstown

Mother Teresa’s Closet has reopened its doors in Johnstown

By Jennifer Farnsworth/For The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN -- It has been over ten years since a group of Catholic parishioners at Holy Trinity in Johnstown came together to create a resource for community members in need. At that time, volunteers thought about what was missing, quickly realizing that while food pantries were readily available, access to basic household needs was not. Today, that need continues and the volunteers of Mother Teresa’s Closet are ready to meet those needs. Jennifer Connolly, a longtime volunteer, said they knew there were enough resources for people to find grocery items and meals, but what they…
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Fulton County Board of Supervisors approves plan to change polling sites

Fulton County Board of Supervisors approves plan to change polling sites

FULTON COUNTY -- The Fulton County Board of Supervisors voted 19-1 last week to approve a plan to change election polling sites in the cities of Johnstown and Gloversville along with the towns of Mayfield and Oppenheim. The four-part plan was recommended by the Fulton County Board of Elections and includes these components: The election polling sites in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown will now have one election district per ward, six for Gloversville and four for Johnstown. Election districts in the Town of Mayfield will be re-aligned so that the Village of Mayfield will now be entirely within District…
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Gloversville puts pool plans on pause, seeks funds

Gloversville puts pool plans on pause, seeks funds

GLOVERSVILLE -- After reviewing a 39-page feasibility study that offered three options — ranging in cost from $1.3 million to $4.1 million — for what the city could do to reopen its Littauer Pool Site, the Common Council appears to have tabled the issue indefinitely in favor of pursuing state grant funding to help pay for the costly project. Mayor Vince DeSantis told the council at its Feb. 8 meeting that, rather than committing to any one of the three options now, the city should instead pursue funding and see what's available to pay for any of them. "Even though we…
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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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Walleye Awakening set for Feb. 18 in Mayfield

MAYFIELD -- The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Fulton County Board of Supervisors are proud to announce that the “Walleye Awakening” is back and is scheduled for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. This will be a free fun family-oriented event, starting at 5 p.m. at Lanzi’s on the Lake, 1751 Route 30. There will be a bonfire, food specials, and a free fantastic firework display at 6 p.m. by Santore World Famous Fireworks. Vinny Michaels will be performing outside, starting at 5 p.m. “We are happy to showcase our beautiful area with this event for our…
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Illustrating fun

Illustrating fun

Nancy Murphy from Gloversville is a volunteer at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Information Center at Vail Mills, a news release said. During her free time she makes illustrations of children and animals using magic markers and inks. Murphy also paints and sells larger work at the gallery housed in the center. She recently collaborated with a children’s book author, and her illustrations will soon be published, the release said. Murphy is at the Information Center in Vail Mills each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Photo provided
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