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Site Selectors Guild provides strategic economic development insight

Chantelle DeRose/For The Express Dennis Donovan, Jay A. Garner and Jim Renzas address attendees of the site selectors forum. By CHANTELLE DEROSE For the Express JOHNSTOWN — Three nationally recognized corporate site selectors met Friday, Sept. 8, with local officials and business representatives to provide location strategy and economic development insight. The Site Selectors Guild Forum, held at the Johnstown-Gloversville Holiday Inn, featured Dennis Donovan, Jay A. Garner and Jim Renzas. The three consultants explained to attendees that their job is to help communities accelerate success by highlighting both the positives and negatives of potential building sites. According to...

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Broadalbin man dead after crash in Perth

STAFF REPORT PERTH — A Broadalbin man was pronounced dead Tuesday night after his pickup truck crashed on Midline Road. Francis A. Ryan Jr., 41, was pronounced deceased at the scene due to blunt force trauma, according to New York State Police Troop G Public Information Officer Mark J. Cepiel. He said the accident occurred at 11:35 p.m. Ryan was driving northbound on Midline Road in a 2012 GMC pickup truck when, for an unknown reason, he failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the right shoulder of the road. The vehicle overturned multiple times, according to police. Ryan was the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, Cepiel said, and that he was not wearing a seat belt. Cepiel said Ryan was ejected and found outside the vehicle, which caught fire when it came to rest. He said the coroner responded and pronounced Ryan dead at the scene. He was sent to Nathan Littauer Hospital for an autopsy. The Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department responded to the incident. “Although we are still wrapping up the investigation, we expect no charges,” Cepiel said. He said police will look into see if there were any mechanical issues and have some kind of toxicology...

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Police Reports – 09/14/2017

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office • Kevin K. Sherman, 35, of Schenectady was arrested Aug. 26 and charged with Leandras Law, aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI, unlicensed operator aggravated unlicensed operation and lawful possession of marijuana. According to a release, Sherman was arrested at the Stewarts Shop on Route 30 and Route 107 after allegedly getting into an argument with his girlfriend while highly intoxicated. He allegedly drove to the Stewarts with a child younger than 16 in the vehicle. Sherman was arraigned in Perth Town Court and remanded to Fulton County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date. • Ronald L. Drzewicki, 37, of 21 Union St. in Broadalbin was arrested Sept. 1 and charged with first degree offering a false instrument, a class E felony, third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and third degree welfare fraud, a class D felony. According to a release, Drzewicki allegedly failed to report his business income of Mr. Bouncy Bounce to the Fulton County Department of Social Services upon application for HEAP and SNAP benefits in order to obtain $6,872 in benefits he was not entitled to. He was arraigned in Johnstown City Court and released upon his own recognizance. • Brittany A. Lott, 25, of 107 S. Market St. in Johnstown was arrested Sept. 6 and charged with first degree...

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Amsterdam man dies after ATV accident in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — An Amsterdam man died Sunday, Sept. 10, after crashing an ATV into trees in the Meco sandpit. According to a police accident report from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Kenneth L. Simek, 52, of Route 107 in Amsterdam was operating an ATV when he crested the top of a sand pit that caused him to go airborne before he struck the edge of an embankment, which caused him to go airborne a second time before striking two trees. After the accident, Simek was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital with head injuries. Simek was employed by St. Marys Hospital and worked in the radiology unit. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said there were no signs of alcohol and that the accident was a tragedy that occurred while riding with his sons. “He’s a great father and a well liked person,” Giardino said. “He is well respected by staff and patients at St. Marys.” In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the Gloversville Police Department, Meco Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service of Fulton County and the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps assisted at the...

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New year for Northville Central School

The new year has begun at Northville Central School. Greeted by music and welcoming faculty and staff, students stepped into the 17-18 school year with anticipation that couldn’t be dampened by the rainy weather. District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford was swept up in the excitement of the moment, too, saying of the kids pouring into the school: “It’s like watching a waterfall descend; you can’t quite believe it’s happening in front of you!” Photos submitted Students and families are entertained by music and greeted with smiles as they wait to head to their first day of school. Northville first graders Neveah Blowers and Gracie Flores pause as they try to remember where their classrooms are. Northville Kindergartner Luke Herlan is dressed for the weather as he arrives for the first day of the 17-18 school year. Kindergartner Dorian Illsley touches down on the first day of school, followed by Madison Snuggs and  Kamden...

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National Library Card Sign-up Month runs through September

The doors to public libraries are open to all, but it is a thin plastic card that opens up the treasures inside. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and it is the perfect time to obtain this key to the library treasure chest. “Last year, the public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties loaned nearly 1.6 million items. Each item was borrowed by somebody using a library card,” said Eric Trahan, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Library System. A library card provides its user with access to a universe of books – a nearly endless array of stories and information. Yet, the card is even more useful, allowing the user to borrow items from a diverse range of materials. As a result, libraries build a meaningful connection to the communities they serve – whether they are located in urban, suburban or rural areas. “We provide a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment where our patrons can access a wide range of services,” said Dawn Lamphere, Director of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville. For example, children borrow themed kits of books, games and activities in a self-contained backpack. The kits are themed to cover a wide range of topics such as learning to read, learning to count, music, insects, art, dental health, weather and more. “I love to see them proudly wear the backpacks...

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Calendar of Events – 09/14/2017

Broadalbin SEPT. 28 6:30 p.m. — The Wilkinson Memorial Broadalbin Library, 25 N. Main St., will host a talk with Shawn Tomlinson focusing on Robert W. Chambers: The Man, His Writings, and Broadalbin House. Tomlinson’s latest book, “Robert W. Chambers: Master of the King in Yellow” will be available for sale. There is no charge for this event and the public is welcome. Call 518-883-5976 with any questions. Caroga OCT. 7 12-7 p.m. — The Caroga Lake Volleyball Club is asking for vendors for their craft show at Wheelerville School, 2417 Route 10. This event will run concurrent with the North Bush Church Roast Beef Dinner from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call Greta Cronin Frasier at 518-604-4044. Gloversville AUG. 21-SEPT. 16 8 a.m.-6 p.m. — The Fulton Center, 847 County Hwy 122, is holding its back to school supply drive. The Fulton Center will have a bin for donations of school supplies and is asking the Fulton County community to help families who need materials. For more information, contact Will Wohltjen at 802-430-8096. SEPT. 18 6:15 p.m. — The Sew Busy Quilt Guild of Gloversville will meet at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 161 South Main St. Guests are welcome for a minimal charge of $3. OCT. 1 3 p.m. — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth will sponsor a concert featuring New York based quintet...

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Obituaries – 09/14/2017

Harold Barksdale Harold Barksdale, 81, moved on to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday morning, Sept. 4, 2017, after a long illness. He passed at home surrounded by his children. He was born July 4, 1936, in Owings, South Carolina, the son of Robert G. Barksdale and Claree Fletcher Barksdale. He was one of ten siblings, one of which was his identical twin. Harold is father to five children, Clarice Barksdale Robinson, Annette Barksdale, Faye Sullivan, Anthony Barksdale and Freddie Barksdale. His surviving siblings are James Barksdale, Zenobia Woodard, Hazel Chamberlain and Doris Sledge. He had nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he met his wife, the late Emily Jiminez Barksdale. He moved to Gloversville in 1971. He joined the People’s AME Zion Church, where he was an active member up to the day of his passing. He was a member of the men’s chorus from the beginning many years ago. Harold was a self-employed and well-known house painter in the Gloversville area. He was also very active helping others in his community. He will be missed by all. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the People’s AME Zion Church, 135 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, N.Y., 12078. Online...

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Marvel at the wonder of nature

Residents of the Willing Helpers Home for Women in Johnstown released Monarch butterflies during an annual event at the adult home. Residents monitor the stages of development from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. Once hatched the butterflies are released to complete their journey. A total of 20 Monarch butterflies were...

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High school soccer, cross country, volleyball roundup

STAFF REPORT MAYFIELD — Alex Ringer scored twice and Drew Snyder contributed a goal and two assists as the Mayfield boys soccer team cruised in the opening round of its home tournament Saturday, beating Waterford-Halfmoon, 5-1. Dylan Bumpus and Garrett Delaney also scored for the Panthers, who will face Greenville — a 4-1 winner over Lake George in the other first-round game — for the tournament championship this coming Saturday. John Fancher and Daniel Leach chipped in assists for Mayfield, and goalie Evan Lehr made five saves. Hunter Guertin scored the lone goal for the Fordians in the 73rd minute after Mayfield opened up a 5-0 lead. GIRLS SOCCER Foothills Council Scotia-Glenville 11, Broadalbin-Perth 0 Sydnee Smith scored four goals and Lauren Zeglen contributed a goal and four assists in the Tartans’ victory. Tanya Leggiero and Alexis Zatlokowicz each finished with two goals and an assist for Scotia-Glenville. CROSS COUNTRY Blackbird Invitational The Broadalbin-Perth girls were sixth in the Division 2 team race at Wallace Park in a meet hosted by Voorheesville. Johnstown’s Julia Sarullo was fifth, followed by the B-P duo of Gabrielle Larsen and Samantha Murphy in sixth and seventh. The Division 2 boys race saw B-P in fifth. Micah Smith finished 21st to lead B-P. BOYS SOCCER Foothills Council Broadalbin-Perth 1, South Glens Falls 1 (OT) Will Austin scored for B-P in the first half and...

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