Blasts From the Past: Some ‘firsts’ in Fulton County

Blasts From the Past: Some ‘firsts’ in Fulton County

By Samantha Hall-Saladino We know that Fulton County was once known as the “Glove Capital of the World.” In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the county produced more than 90% of the gloves manufactured in the United States. A frequent question asked by visitors to the museum or attendees at programs is always: okay, but who was FIRST? We always want to know, don’t we? So in the interest of firsts, we’ll talk about some of Fulton County’s throughout its history.  Of course, we’ll start off with the gloves. The short answer is: we don’t really know. There…
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Tallon resigns as GJSD school board president

Tallon resigns as GJSD school board president

Greater Johnstown School District officials confirmed on Thursday that school board president Chris Tallon has resigned with only about five months remaining of his three-year term."Mr. Tallon tendered his letter of resignation, and the Board of Education, at its Feb. 17 Board of Education meeting, will place acceptance of his resignation on the agenda," GJSD Superintendent William Crankshaw wrote in an email Thursday.No reason has been given for Tallon's resignation, and he did not respond to text messages requesting a comment for this story.Tallon's resignation leaves the school board with 8 remaining members: Vice President Joseph LoDestro, Beverly Alves, Ronald Beck,…
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Johnstown boys’ basketball faces busy closing stretch

Johnstown boys’ basketball faces busy closing stretch

JOHNSTOWN — Having come within a point of picking up its first win of the season, the Johnstown boys’ basketball team saw some light at the end of the tunnel on Jan. 14 at Queensbury.Unfortunately for the Sir Bills, that light in the tunnel turned out to be COVID and it hit Johnstown with full force.The Sir Bills haven’t played since that night and have practiced with a full team just three times — all this week.“It’s definitely been tough,” Johnstown coach Phil Satterlee said. “We had our best two days of basketball right before we went into this pause.…
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Johnstown working toward new comprehensive plan

Johnstown working toward new comprehensive plan

The city of Johnstown is in the early stages of developing a new comprehensive plan to replace the current document. The comprehensive plan is meant to provide a roadmap for prioritizing projects and initiatives that can shape the city in years to come, said Planning Board member Chandra Casline Cotter, who gave a presentation on the plan during Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting.“It’s a good time for us to take advantage of the changing world,” Casline Cotter said after Tuesday’s meeting. During the meeting, the board discussed the working document, which was taken from the city’s current plan adopted in 2008. The Planning Board members…
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Broadalbin-Perth girls hold off Johnstown, 46-43, to avenge earlier loss

Broadalbin-Perth girls hold off Johnstown, 46-43, to avenge earlier loss

BROADALBIN – In a matchup of teams looking to build momentum with sectionals on the horizon, the Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown girls’ basketball teams squared off in a key Foothills Council contest Monday.The Patriots picked up a 46-43 victory over the Lady Bills, and in the process avenged a 43-32 loss at Johnstown on Dec. 16.“It was a great game and that’s what I expected,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Dave Bush said. “Johnstown is a great team, and they always play hard. This was a great win for us.”The Patriots used a balanced offensive attack on their way to the win, with seven…
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Noteworthy selection; for the first time in 6 years, a Johnstown High student is named to statewide honor band

Noteworthy selection; for the first time in 6 years, a Johnstown High student is named to statewide honor band

Although Nicole Simon has been playing the baritone saxophone since the fourth grade, she didn’t think much of music until her freshman year of high school. “It was just kind of another class to me until freshman year,” said Simon, a junior at Johnstown High School. During her freshman year, Simon was introduced to Johnstown High School Band Director Andy LaCoppola, whose instruction provided a different kind of rigor through individual lessons and greater attention to detail, Simon said.“He just has that push that makes you want to play. He’s always motivating. You can mess up the easiest thing, and he will support…
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