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Center Director, Ellie DiScioscia stands in front of empty shelves at the Gloversville Senior Center on a Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Local pantry in need of donations

GLOVERSVILLE — The food pantry at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County currently is almost empty and is in need to donations. Ellie DiScioscia, the director of the center at 53 Church St., thinks the food pantry at the senior center is becoming empty ...

Trevor Cline, left, and Jacob Sisco. (Photo submitted)

Students spend summer building apps

FONDA — Fonda-Fultonville students Trevor Cline and Jacob Sisco spent part of their summer preparing for a mission to Mars—developing health apps for future Martians, coding robots and designing space helmets and a base for operations, according to a news release. They participated in ...

Rachelle Cotugno takes her black Labrador guide dog, Oriole, outside her home in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Showing the Way

AMSTERDAM — People ask Rachelle Cotugno, who is blind, why she has photos of her guide dogs on her walls when she can’t see them. “They’re my family,” she tells them. “I’m not sure people who are sighted realize the deep relationship between the guide dog and its handler,” ...

Alice Tomchik of Johnstown gives packages of diapers to No Bottom Left Behind Diaper Bank, 530 N. Perry St. She asked guests at her seventh birthday party to donate diapers to help babies rather than bringing gifts for her. (Phot0 submitted)

Taking care of babies

JOHNSTOWN — “Alice has always loved babies,” said her mom. When Nancy Ackerbauer asked her 7-year-old daughter, Alice Tomchik, to add diapers on her birthday wishlist for 68 invited guests, Alice said she readily agreed “because they would help a lot of babies.” “Alice has so ...

Rachael Taback, right, helps her dad, Justin Taback clean up trash thrown alongside the road. (Photo submitted)

Keeping Earth clean

JOHNSTOWN—When you’re grown up, you supposed to be responsible. But one little girl is getting a head start. Justin Taback of 183 Steele Ave. got tired of seeing people throwing trash into wooded areas along his street. So he and his fiancee, Jasmine Adams, enlisted the help of their 3 ...

Brynn Thomarie, Shannon Thomarie and Leanora Fitzgerald pose with their donations and their new 'dos. (Photo submitted)

Personal Contribution

NORTHVILLE — Northville Central School students and Girl Scouts Brynn  Thomarie (Daisy) and Leanora  Fitzgerald  (Brownie ) recently  joined Shannon Thomarie, Daisy Troop No. 2003 leader and Northville Spanish teacher, in donating their hair for the second time to the nonprofit ...

The Revival in Wells, above, used to be the Wells Baptist Church. Now it’s a musical and cultural center. (Photo submitted)

Cultural Revival

WELLS — In this hamlet, “revival” has a double meaning. When Pam and Len Broiles bought the dilapidated former Wells Baptist Church, they aimed to restore a historic building and also put new life into it. The 1845 church had its share of old-time revival meetings. It saw its last ...

Erik Blom on deck 
of a ship. (Photo submitted)

Risky Mission

GLOVERSVILLE — Disasters don’t always happen in easily accessible and comfortable places. On April 24, former city resident Erik Blom and six other members of the 103rd Squadron of the Air National Guard had to parachute from a C130 cargo plane into the 63-degree mid-Atlantic with 10-foot ...

Gabrielle Tebo, above, is a national equine competitor. (Photo submitted)

Equine Competitor

WELLS — Nineteen-year-old Gabrielle Tebo never had formal training in horsemanship. “I did my own thing,” said Tebo, who got her first pony at 12 and now has two horses. “I always liked horses since I was a little kid,” she said. Still, with her as a team member, a Cazenovia ...

In the bedroom area of Historic Saranac Lake's new "Roaring Twenties" exhibit, a life-size image of a 1920s paper doll stands next to a display on womenÕs underwear of the decade. WomenÕs clothes of the decade reflected increased feminism and female sexuality as well as boyish figures being in vogue. (Enterprise photo Ñ Peter Crowley)

’20s hotel exhibit roars in at Saranac Laboratory Museum

SARANAC LAKE — You can ring the bell for service at the front desk, dance the Charleston in the ballroom, pose for a mugshot with gangster “Legs” Diamond in the speakeasy and peek at vintage underwear in the bedroom. You can also test your knowledge of Jazz Age slang and put stylish ...

Ranger searches & rescues

Recent missions carried out by DEC forest rangers for the week of May 22 through 28 include: Oneida County
 Oriskany
 Training: The New York state Incident Management Team is a Type 2 all-hazard incident management unit designed to assist command personnel and emergency managers with ...

Paddlers carry canoes through the Marion River Carry during the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic race. (Photo courtesy of Mike Lynch for Open Space Institute)

State buys Marion River Carry, resolves quaqmire

Special from the Adirondack Daily Express ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration celebrated the Adirondack Park’s 125th birthday by adding to it. Saturday was the 125th anniversary of when Gov. Roswell Flower signed an act establishing the Adirondack Park’s original Blue Line ...

Melody Blackmore, a Tupper Lake resident and guide with Adirondac Rafting Company, scans the Hudson River during a recent whitewater rafting trip Sunday, May 7. (Enterprise photo Ñ Justin A. Levine)

High-water adventure on the Hudson

INDIAN LAKE — With a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, most people weren’t thinking about swimming this past weekend. But I dragged myself out of bed early May 14, donned some long johns and drove to Indian Lake, where I was pretty much guaranteed to spend the day soaking wet. With a ...

David Kahn, executive director of the Adirondack Experience, lifts a plastic cover from a station wagon that will be part of the museumÕs upcoming ÒLife in the AdirondacksÓ permanent exhibit. Part of the exhibit shows how visitors have gotten to the Adirondacks over the years. (Enterprise photo/Antonio Olivero)

An Adirondack experience

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Last month, the Adirondack Museum rebranded as the Adirondack Experience, and now it’s racing to open a major new exhibit by July 1. Officials at the museum in Blue Mountain Lake hope the exhibit will help usher in an age of increased interactivity at the Adirondack ...

John Wheeler kneels next to the scale model version of Saranac LakeÕs old Riverside Inn that he spent seven months building. ÒRemember When?Ó an exhibit of WheelerÕs models of historic Saranac Lake buildings, opens today at the Saranac Laboratory Museum on Church Street. (Enterprise photo/Chris Knight)

Building a village, a tiny one

SARANAC LAKE — As the building superintendent for the Harrietstown Town Hall, John Wheeler is the custodian of one of the most historic buildings in the community. In his spare time, he’s bringing the past back to life by building scale models of the village’s gone, but not forgotten, ...

Forest ranger Capt. John Streiff, along with several retired rangers and their families, salutes the grave of Ranger James Ahern Sunday afternoon at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Sunday was the 100th anniversary of AhernÕs death, the first line of duty death for the forest rangers. (Enterprise photo/Justin A. Levine)

Remembering a fallen DEC ranger

SARANAC LAKE — The steady rain stopped just as a forest ranger honor guard started up the rocky path that runs through the middle of Pine Ridge Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The guard, complete with bagpiper, stood watch as a small crowd gathered on a stone-wall-dotted hillside to mark an ...

Michael Frenette and Chloe Mattilio pose April 20 with their in-progress reassembly of “Woodswoman,” author Anne LaBastille’s log cabin, inside the Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake. They previously disassembled the cabin from its original location at Twitchell Lake, near Big Moose. (Enterprise/Ben Gocker)

Cabin business

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — When the largest cultural history institution in the Adirondacks needs to deconstruct, move, then reconstruct what is perhaps the most famous cabin in the Blue Line, they call in a professional. Enter Michael Frenette. In what is likely to be the crowning object of ...

A state environmental conservation officer gives firearm and hunting safety training to a camper at DEC’s Camp Colby in Saranac Lake last summer. (Enterprise photo/Justin A. Levine)

Hunting safety on target

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has declared 2016 the safest year on record for hunters, and both the state and a local hunting safety educator credit DEC’s mandatory hunting safety classes for the continued drop in incidents. The state estimates there are half ...

Gloversville Senior Center volunteer Mackinly DiScioscia organizes items at the Golden Corners thrift spot at the center on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

A Golden Corner

GLOVERSVILLE — The Senior Center of Gloversville and Fulton County’s Golden Corner’s thrift stop is humming along as a source of revenue for the agency and a place to get gifts or needed items for seniors in the community. Sitting to the left of the entrance, the corner of the building ...