Looking back at local sports in 2021

Looking back at local sports in 2021

After a 2020 that saw area high school sports cut back severely by restrictions brought on due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, things began to return to some form of normalcy in 2021.The 2020-21 school year ended with the winter, fall and spring sports seasons crammed back-to-back-to-back in a four-month stretch, while the fall saw a return of full Section II and state championship competition.Across Fulton County, 2021 saw a number of standout individual and team performances in area high school sports.Here is a look at the five biggest high school stories from the year that was, in no particular…
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Fulton County home sales threaten to lower equalization rates

Fulton County home sales threaten to lower equalization rates

The New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) has alerted property tax assessors in Fulton County that a high volume of 2021 residential home sales will likely cause dropping property tax equalization rates throughout the county in 2022.The combination of low interest rates and eager buyers bidding up prices has widened the gap between what many local properties are assessed for and what the market says they're actually worth.The preliminary 2022 Residential Assessment Ratios (RAR) report from ORPTS shows potential double-digit drops to the RAR rates for Gloversville (down 16.88 points), the Town of Bleecker (-16.42), the…
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Nathan Littauer opens new COVID testing center 

Nathan Littauer opens new COVID testing center 

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home has announced the opening of a new COVID testing center in Gloversville, just as cases spike across the state and country. The facility, open to community members for scheduled appointments, is located in Nathan Littauer’s Medical Arts Building, according to a press release. Its hours will be 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the release said. Fulton County’s 7-day average for positive cases on Thursday was 55.7 per 100,000 people, according to state data. Meanwhile, more than 74,000 New Yorkers tested positive on Dec. 29, according to state numbers.  “This important initiative will…
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“Mayfield NY to Mayfield KY” fundraiser already raised $73.5K

“Mayfield NY to Mayfield KY” fundraiser already raised $73.5K

In only 17 days, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Association has raised $73,500 as part of its “Mayfield NY to Mayfield KY” fundraising campaign to help victims in its sister city devastated by the Dec. 10 tornadoes that ripped across five states in the middle of the United States.The small Kentucky city of 10,000, which shares its name with the village in Fulton County, New York, was devastated by the 190 mile-per-hour winds earlier this month. The more than 30 tornadoes have been credited with killing at least 92 people -- 77 in Kentucky alone -- and doing an estimated $18 billion…
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Town of Johnstown deputy supervisor job still undecided

Town of Johnstown deputy supervisor job still undecided

Town Supervisor Jack Wilson will announce his choice for deputy supervisor on Jan. 3 at the Town Board's organizational meeting, and Town Board member Tim Rizzo, the board's soon-to-be longest-tenured member, is less than confident in his chances of getting the job. "I don't believe Wilson would turn around and put me as deputy supervisor because, still today, he has me blocked on his cell phone," Rizzo said on Wednesday. Current and former Johnstown Town Board members indicated for this article that the Johnstown Town Supervisor has the authority to appoint whomever as deputy supervisor. The position can perform some of the…
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Goodemote leads Mayfield to win over Northville in tourney title game

Goodemote leads Mayfield to win over Northville in tourney title game

NORTHVILLE -- When the first round of the Woodward Tournament ended Tuesday, it set up a championship matchup between local rivals Northville and Mayfield.In another back-and-forth battle Wednesday between the familiar foes, the Panthers edged the host Falcons, 57-52."I'm real happy with our effort tonight. It was a real good game," Mayfield coach Jon Goodemote said.  "Both teams battled really hard. It was close the whole way."Britain Goodemote led Mayfield with 22 points, while Cameron Abdella added 10 points. The Panthers connected on nine 3-pointers in the victory.In Tuesday's opening round, Mayfield posted a 59-48 victory over Middleburgh, while Northville topped…
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