For Fonda-Fultonville elementary schoolers, carnival was ‘The Best Day Ever’

For Fonda-Fultonville elementary schoolers, carnival was ‘The Best Day Ever’

By Kristina Handy/For The Leader-Herald FONDA — Next to the playground at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School stood a tall, inflatable obstacle course Wednesday. Two fourth graders took off in a cutthroat race through the inflatable pillars that blocked their paths as their classmates hovered at the entrance.  They stumbled, one fell, and the spectators chanted “Go!” in unison.  As the competitors scaled the wall in the middle of the course, the other students rushed to the other end of the bounce house in a typical stampede fashion. They jumped, they clapped, they beat their small hands on the sides of the inflatable. And when the…
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Racing around: Youth is flourishing on area dirt tracks

Racing around: Youth is flourishing on area dirt tracks

Earlier this season, there was a lot of chatter on the NASCAR circuit about the age of the drivers that were winning and that the future looked bright.The same can be said about the local tracks, especially last weekend.Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, Payton Talbot, a senior at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton High School who celebrated his 18th birthday on May 19, scored his second career sportsman win at Fonda to go with his third victory of the season Friday night at Utica-Rome Speedway.On the same night, 15-year-old Connor Prokop scored his first feature win in the limited sportsman division.On Sunday night,…
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FMCC looks to add nursing students with $94K grant

FMCC looks to add nursing students with $94K grant

Thanks to a $94,000 SUNY Nursing Emergency Training Fund grant, Fulton-Montgomery Community College is expanding the number of student slots in its Registered Nurse program from 40 to 50.Diana Putnam, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, said that the funding from New York state is meant to help respond to the need for more healthcare workers throughout the region.“This grant will enable us to purchase more equipment that will be utilized this fall to enhance our students' training throughout the program," Putnam said in a news release.In 2020 the New York State Department of Health published a…
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Mohawks set to begin 20th season in Amsterdam

Mohawks set to begin 20th season in Amsterdam

For a 20th season, Amsterdam’s boys of summer are back.The Amsterdam Mohawks will celebrate their 20th season of summer collegiate baseball at Shuttleworth Park this year, with their 2022 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season kicking off Friday night with a trip to East Field to face the Glens Falls Dragons.The home opener comes a night later, as the Mohawks host the Saugerties Stallions on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s PGCBL Championship Series.Here are a few things to look out for this season:TALENT ON THE FIELDAs usual, the roster that will take the field this…
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Racing Around: First month of season has been good

Racing Around: First month of season has been good

SPORTS - The first month of racing has been full of excitement and surprises at the local speedways. How could anyone predict that there would be a pair of drivers at Fonda Speedway — Nick Stone and Ken Hollenbeck — with undefeated records in feature events? The Todd Hoffman/Todd Stone team has been firing on all cylinders this year at the Track of Champions with six wins in six features. Stone has cut his racing schedule back to one night a week to concentrate on his growing “Manimal” chassis fabrication and fledgling parts business. Having an experienced car owner like…
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FMCC asks for court approval to sell dorms, again

FMCC asks for court approval to sell dorms, again

The Fulmont College Association -- the nonprofit student housing arm of Fulton-Montgomery Community College -- on Thursday petitioned Fulton County Supreme Court for permission to sell its three dormitory halls for $1.8 million to Amsterdam-based Tryon Enterprises LLC, owned by David P. Huckans.According to the court petition filing, Tryon Enterprises plans to convert the 4.5-acre property on County Highway 142 to market-rate housing, which will be made available primarily to FMCC students, "in accordance with the use restriction contained in the Local Laws," if the court approves the sale.FMCC President Greg Truckenmiller said Tryon Enterprises was the successful bidder in a…
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