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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Johnstown-native, SUNY Schenectady student continues to beat obstacles, excel with family, community

Johnstown-native, SUNY Schenectady student continues to beat obstacles, excel with family, community

JOHNSTOWN – Sydney Swedick is still a bit in shock.The 19-year-old Johnstown native said she’s always had a “try everything” mentality, being from a smaller community. So, as her time at SUNY Schenectady is coming to an end, she applied for a number of scholarships and awards, including the All-USA Academic Team. That one, even after becoming one of only 2,200 nominees nationwide, she never expected to win.Then, two weeks ago, she received her medallion as one of only 20 community college students to receive the award at the Phi Theta Kappa President’s Breakfast at the American Association of Community…
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Johnstown water emergency extended again

Johnstown water emergency extended again

JOHNSTOWN – Johnstown Mayor Amy Praught on Thursday extended the limited state of emergency because of the city’s water system operations for a fifth month. The emergency order, which was set to expire at the end of Friday, effectively keeps the city – rather than the Water Board – in control of the Water Department’s day-to-day operations. Praught issued the original declaration during the city’s Jan. 1 organizational meeting, when the city was facing the impending resignation of its senior water plant operator John Denmark, which would have left the city without a qualified water filtration operator. That could have…
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Broadalbin-Perth baseball wraps up Foothills schedule with win over Johnstown

Broadalbin-Perth baseball wraps up Foothills schedule with win over Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — With the seeds for the sectional tournament set to be announced Tuesday, the Broadalbin-Perth baseball team entered Thursday’s Foothills Council finale with Johnstown looking to build some momentum. The Patriots, who won the Section II Class B title last spring, picked up a 9-5 win over the Sir Bills at Johnstown High School. “This is our third Foothills Council win in a row,” Broadalbin-Perth coach R.J. Pingitore said. “Even though we lost 7-6 to Amsterdam last week, that was kind of the turning point in our season. It showed just that we could compete with anyone.” Since that…
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Johnstown Police: Call for possible burglary leads to felony weapons arrest

Johnstown Police: Call for possible burglary leads to felony weapons arrest

JOHNSTOWN - A call for a possible burglary in progress led to the arrest of a man on felony weapons charges last month, Johnstown Police said Thursday. Keever Earl, 34, of West Main Street, Johnstown, was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, felonies. ---Help us bring news to you, check out our subscribe page at: LeaderHerald.com/Subscribe   The incident happened April 21, just after 9 p.m., police said. Officers were called to a West Main Street address, where Earl is listed as residing, for the report of a possible burglary,…
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