Police aim to teach kids about Internet safety

JOHNSTOWN – The city Police Department is involved in recent public presentations to area students about Internet safety, the Common Council heard Monday during reports given at City Hall.

In his report, city police Chief Mark Giford said Lt. David Gilbo has been working with Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira to educate local students about Internet safety.

Gifford said the two law enforcement officials in the past month have put on programs for the Northville Central School District and Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District.

“We’re trying to talk with them about online predators and how to be safe,” Sira said today.

Sira said the program, also scheduled for Gloversville Middle School, discusses bullying as well. She said the program is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Fulton County.

Elsewhere in city officials reports to the council, Assistant Fire Chief Michael Heberer reported several code enforcement developments. He said a new house is going up on Bloomingdale Avenue. He also said code enforcement officials from the fire department have been to the site of the ongoing expansion of Fage USA at the Johnstown Industrial Park about four times per day lately for different inspections.

“We’re doing some in-house training for the new guys,” Heberer said.

The department has been teaching three different classes involving CPR and first aid, Heberer said.

“We’re filling numerous potholes,” City Engineer Chandra Cotter reported.

She said the Department of Public Works has also had a few calls in the past month involving sewer backups with rags and clothes pulled out of the city sewer system. She urged residents take care in flushing toilets.

Cotter said DPW will be painting various parts of City Hall.

Johnstown Senior Citizens Center Director Michelle Jones reported the Johnstown Karate Center will give demonstrations to seniors on self-defense on March 13. She said the center will conduct its first day trip March 17 to Turning Stone Casino for music with The Irish Rovers and a buffet. The center will conduct a St. Patrick’s Day dinner March 19.

Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing reported on two upcoming author series programs.

She said Johnstown resident Heidi Sprouse, author of “All the Little Things,” will lecture at 6:30 p.m. March 20. Wing said author, historian and genealogist Judith Redline Coopey also will speak about the Underground Railroad at 6:30 p.m. March 27.