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Gloversville Public Library hosts renovation kick-off event

Dusten Rader/Express staff A renovation kick-off event was held Thursday at the Gloversville Public Library. From left, Merry Brown, library board of trustees vice president; Christine Pesses, board president; Betsy Batchelor, trustee; Barbara Madonna, library director; Craig Clark, trustee; Robin Lair, trustee secretary and Lisa Buggeln, trustee, vice president of finance. By DUSTEN RADER Fulton County Express GLOVERSVILLE — Dozens of area residents and officials gathered Thursday evening to see the Gloversville Public Library one last time before renovations begin. The event began with a social gathering and tours of the building, which is completely devoid of books and...

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Voters approve school budgets for 2017-18

Area residents went to the polls May 16 to vote on proposed budgets for the 2017-18 school year. The results are as follows: Gloversville Residents of the Gloversville Enlarged School District voted to approve the proposed $61,506,612 budget. According to a school release, residents approved the budget by a vote of 421 to 144. The budget reflects a 1.51 percent tax levy increase. Residents also re-elected incumbent Paula Brown-Weinstock with 313 votes and newcomers Sharon P. Poling with 396 votes and John Lott with 394 votes to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education. Richard Carlson, the current board president, also was seeking another term but was not re-elected. He received 294 votes. Johnstown Residents of Greater Johnstown School District voted to approve the proposed $33,859,00 budget. According to a school release, residents approved the budget by a vote of 340 to 194. The budget reflects a 3.5 percent tax levy increase. Incumbent Evamarie Mraz was re-elected to the Board of Education with 392 votes. Newcomer Beverly Alves was elected with 371 votes. Broadalbin-Perth Voters approved three of the four propositions on the ballot, including Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s proposed $34,697,486 budget. According to a school release, residents approved the budget by a vote of 586 to 350. The budget reflects a tax levy increase of 2.15 percent. Residents also approved a land purchase proposition by a vote...

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GPD participates in Click It or Ticket

GLOVERSVILLE — City police will participate in the annual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket campaign from May 22 through June 4. During the campaign, officers will take a zero tolerance approach to seat belt and occupant restraint infractions. According to the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NHTSA, efforts of traffic safety professionals has led to record seat belt compliance rates. However, date from the NHTSA shows that nearly half — 48 percent — of the 22,441 occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were...

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Johnstown Little Theatre to host ‘Making God Laugh’

Photo submitted The Colonial Little Theatre of Johnstown is set to host “Making God Laugh” this June. From left, Mark Peek, Caralivia LeVante, John Nare, and Phil Carlson, standing. JOHNSTOWN — The Colonial Little Theatre, 1 Colonial Court in Johnstown, is set to host “Making God Laugh” this June. According to a release, the story follows a typical American Catholic family over the course of thirty years worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress and a former football star — return home. Empty nester parents contend with their own changes as old...

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Bike Night, Beatin’ the Odds draws dozens to Glove Theatre

Dusten Rader/Express staff Motorcycles line Main Street outside the Glove Theatre May 19 during Bike Night in Gloversville. By DUSTEN RADER Fulton County Express GLOVERSVILLE — The sound of thunder rolled down Main Street Friday night, but it wasn’t a storm — it was Bike Night. The Glove Theatre held its first motorcycle-friendly event on May 19, blocking off Main Street and only allowing bikes and pedestrians entry. The event, sponsored by Adirondack Harley Davidson, featured live entertainment, food and opportunity to show off. The live entertainment for the night included southern rock band Beatin’ the Odds from Clifton...

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508 F-MCC graduates get diplomas at 52nd commencement

Photos by Morgan Frisch Students from F-MCC’s class of 2017 during Friday’s commencement ceremony in the Physical Education Building. By MORGAN FRISCH For the Express JOHNSTOWN — Charlene Beatrice Moreira stood before 507 of her Fulton-Montgomery Community College peers Friday night and explained how F-MCC teaches survival in the toughest moments. She said by knowing and searching for what is meaningful, decisions and actions make a difference and those differences can lead to a path toward greatness. Moreira, an international student from Dakar, Senegal, spoke on behalf of her class during F-MCC’s 52nd annual commencement ceremony. The 508 soon-to-be...

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Johnstown Town Board appoints new member, Don VanDeusen

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Town Board voted May 15 to fill its vacant council seat. According to the meeting minutes, former Gloversville Police Chief Donald VanDeusen III was appointed to the board out of a total of 7 candidates. VanDeusen will complete the remaining term of Jim Westover, who died unexpectedly in March. The other candidates included, Lisa D’Amore, Mel Emurian, Kim Livingstone, Jeffrey Persch, John Zawadski and Sherry Bornt. Supervisor Jack Wilson, and Councilmen Daryl Baldwin and Walt Lane voted on VanDeusen while Councilman Tim Rizzo voted on Livingstone. Wilson said he is truly looking forward to working with VanDeusen. “He has public background and a lot of public service,” Wilson said. “I will be asking him to work with our code enforcer to go after the blighted properties in our town. He will be a welcome addition going forward. He has the proper mind set and definitely no agendas. Our Town is a great place to live and we have a lot of work to do going forward and he will be a part of where we go. We are proud to have him.” VanDeusen will serve until on the board until elections in...

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Greg Young launches bid for re-election

GLOVERSVILLE — Incumbent City of Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young announced he will run for a third term on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors. According to a release, Young seeks to reinvest in downtowns, bring broadband to western Fulton County, supports the land bank, endorses energy efficiency and renewable energy in an effort to become a designated Clean Energy Community. “I will continue to work to make county government more sustainable and efficient, improve community’s health and well-being, and fight for the neediest among us,” Young said. Young was born and raised in Gloversville’s fifth ward and is a graduate of Gloversville High School. First elected in 2013, Young is the current chairperson of the Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks and is a member of the New York State Association of Counties Subcommittee on Economic Development, Environment and Rural Affairs. Young is also a member of the Board’s Human Services and Public Safety Committees, and the Youth Advisory Board. He is also the executive director of the Gloversville Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Corporation. He serves on the board of the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum as well as the steering committee for the Fulton-Montgomery Young Professionals Network and the Gloversville Advisory Board for Fulmont Community Action...

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Henry, Maria Ross donate snowmobiles to Fulton County sheriff

Photo submitted The parents of Henry Ross III, who died in a snowmobile accident in 2016, helped restore the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office’s Snowmobile Patrol by giving a donation. Pictured, from left, are Henry Ross, Cassie Kristel, Maria Ross, Wesson Delaney and Justine Henry. JOHNSTOWN — The parents of Henry Ross III presented the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office with two 2017 Polaris Indy 600 snowmobiles and a Triton 2 enclosed trailer. This will restore the Sheriff’s Snowmobile Patrol, which has been dormant for several years. Henry and Maria Ross’ son, Henry Ross, III, lost his life in a tragic...

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