Fulton County Treasurer Terry Blodgett explains the county's fund balance situation to the Board of Supervisors Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

County taxes increase by 7.7 percent

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JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday reduced the county’s proposed 2018 budget down to an average property tax rate increase of 8 percent, using various methods such as application of $1.5 million in fund balance. Supervisors started Monday with a tentative $92 ...

Learn to paint a beach scene

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GLOVERSVILLE — Ellen Lauziere will teach a beginners class on how to use acrylics to paint a beach scene from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in art studio two at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 Route 30. The cost will be $30 with preregistration or $40 at the door, minus a 20 ...

Fontana LaCoppola, an Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville student enrolled in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s new veterinary and animal science program, pets a North American porcupine during a presentation by the Utica Zoo educator Nicolette Hajdasz, at right. (Photo submitted)

Zoo educator visits HFM BOCES

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JOHNSTOWN — An educator from the Utica Zoo visited the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services Career and Technical Center’s new veterinary and animal science program teaching students about several different animals and career opportunities available in the ...

William Rowback Jr. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Rowback mulling his options

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GLOVERSVILLE — No decision has yet been made as of 9:30 a.m. this morning if a recount will be asked for in the city’s Mayoral race. Mayoral Candidate Bill Rowback said this morning that the county and state Republican committee on if a recount will be asked for after news broke Monday ...

Tree-lighting event planned for Friday

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AMSTERDAM — A tree-lighting and other Christmas ceremonies will be sponsored by the city on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the south entrance to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge off Bridge Street. The schedule is as follows: ∫ Caroling and sing-along with the Mohawk Valley Chorus ...

Tax-Aide seeks volunteers

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AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low- to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from Feb. 1 to April 15 at ...

Councilmembers Don VanDeusen, left, Tim Rizzo, Walter Lane, Daryl Baldwin, Supervisor Jack Wilson, right, during Town of Johnstown board meeting Monday night. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Town of Johnstown whittles tax hike down to 52%

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JOHNSTOWN — Town Supervisor Jack Wilson announced during the town Johnstown board meeting on Monday that the council has finalized and passed the 2018 budget. The council members also worked to lower the tax rate increase from 60 percent to 52 percent which is $2.64 per ...

Beginner’s gift wrapping class set

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GLOVERSVILLE —Delania Duncovich will teach a beginners’ class on Christmas gift wrapping from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the teaching kitchen of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 Route 30. Special accommodations are available. The cost will be $30, minus a 20 ...

Seasonal reminders for winter

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GLOVERSVILLE — With the winter months approaching, the City of Gloversville Police Department has some seasonal reminders for residents Police Chief Marc Porter sent out the following reminders for city residents as the snow starts to fall: ∫ The overnight parking ban for winter months ...

Create balsam fir and pinecone wreaths

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JOHNSTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardeners Mary Ann Charon and Bob Farrell will how to create balsam fir and pinecone wreaths during this hands-on workshop on Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shirley Luck Senior Center, 109 E. Main St. They will demonstrate the techniques, ...

Fonda passes flood law

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FONDA — Fonda Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pass their New York Local Law 1-2017 flood damage prevention during their regular meeting on Monday night. They also held a public hearing for the flood damage prevention during the meeting, but no one from the public spoke. The new ...

Gun buy-back program planned

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AMSTERDAM —  The Rev. William Hodgetts Jr. of the Trinity Lutheran Church, 42 Guy Park Ave., will accept any working handguns from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2, in its Gifts for Guns gun buy-back program. The church will offer a $100 gift card for a gun, no questions asked. The program allows ...

From Left: Hollie King, Helen Martin, Bernadette Weaver and Cathy VanAlstyne prepare to hang one of the donated wreathes that will be available for purchase at the Johnstown Historical Society's Festival of Wreaths on November 25 at the James Burk Inn, Johnstown. (Photo Submitted)

Festival of Wreaths planned

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JOHNSTOWN — A Festival of Wreaths will be held on Saturday at the James Burk Inn by the Johnstown Historical Society. All proceeds will benefit the group’s efforts to restore local landmarks, including the historic inn. The colonial-themed event will have a selection of unique wreaths ...

Mohawk Valley Chorus season starts

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AMSTERDAM — The Mohawk Valley Chorus kicks off its 82nd season with its annual Christmas concert series in Scotia on Dec. 1, Johnstown on Dec. 2 and Amsterdam on Dec. 3. Tickets are available, in advance from chorus members, and at the door before each performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at ...

Black Friday deals available on Wednesday

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GLOVERSVILLE — Holiday shoppers can get a jump start on pricing out the best deals with the help of The Leader Herald. On Wednesday, the The Leader-Herald will make its annual Thanksgiving edition, filled with 18 different sales fliers for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping, available ...

Wreaths for veterans to be placed

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GALWAY— The Glenville Hills Garden Club invites the public to join in placing wreaths in honor of area veterans at noon on Dec. 16 at six locations. Ceremonies will be held at Galway Village green, Charlton Village , Galway town school, Scotch Church Cemetery, Galway Town Hall and ...

Miscount changes mayoral winner

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The Leader-Herald staff reports GLOVERSVILLE — In a stunning announcement this morning, Fulton County Board of Elections Commissioner Lee Hollenbeck, said Dayton King is the actual winner of the Nov. 7 election for Gloversville mayor. “That’s true,” said Hollenbeck. “We ...

Women dressed in period garb hold signs during a downtown Johnstown ceremony last August honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

State museum highlights area activist Cady-Stanton

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ALBANY — It is almost impossible to walk the streets of Johnstown and not be reminded of its rich history and involvement in the Woman’s Right Movement. So much attention is often given to Seneca Falls as being the birthplace of the movement, but for one special girl, that fight began in ...

Sewer board adopts $5.3M 2018 budget

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JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board adopted the sewer plant’s $5.3 million 2018 operation and maintenance general fund budget, which was up nearly 4 percent. The budget was recently approved at the board’s meeting at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment ...