Posts Tagged ‘Fulton County’

Monday, May 27, 2024

Johnstown residents urged to provide input for Comprehensive Plan update by June 14

Town of Johnstown survey graphic.

Johnstown, NY – Since early 2024, the Town of Johnstown established a committee to look at the Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations for an update. Known as the EnVision Town of Johnstown Initiative, the group consists of Supervisor Christina VanValkenburgh, Deputy Supervisor Paul Catucci, Planning Board Chair Jes Bearden, Planning Board Vice Chair Lance Gundersen, Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Persch, and the Fulton County Planning Department.

The committee hopes to apply for a Smart Growth Comprehensive Planning Grant through New York State Consolidated Funding Application. If awarded, the State will cover 90-percent of the update, with 10-percent coming from the Town to hire a consultant.

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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Olympic-style event celebrates 100 years of Northville-Placid Trail, May 31-June 2

Northville, NY – Fulton County Tourism, together with the Village of Northville, will kickoff a three-day, Olympic-style event celebrating 100 years of the Northville-Placid Trail beginning Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2. Attendees of this village-wide event can expect a variety of historic, adventuresome, educational, and informational activities such as, stocking lake trout, a kids’ fishing derby, art, museums, vendors, music, live concerts, food, crafts, bounce houses, storytelling, book signing, NPT Trail speakers, exhibits, shopping, restaurants, and fireworks on Saturday, June 1 at dusk.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Clean-Up for Castiglione Memorial Park Slated for May 4

I Love My Park Day graphic.


Gloversville, NY – Using New York State’s initiative to clean state parks and historical venues, the Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS) will be cleaning up Gloversville’s Castiglione Memorial Park on North Main Street on I Love My Park Day, May 4 at 10 a.m.

“For the past several years, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York have gathered volunteers in cleanup events in numerous state parks, historic sites and public lands on the first Saturday in May to ready them for the summer season,” Jennifer Donovan (GDDS) explained. “It is a great way to keep the Earth Day movement going by continuing to spruce up areas and clean up garbage. Why not extend this to local parks?”

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Delving into the Red Bark Phenomenon

Red bark on a white pine tree.

Every morning, I walk along state highway 67 in Ephratah, NY.  Recently, I noticed that a few of the fir trees by the side of the road appeared to have red bark.  I did not know if this was a type of tree that I should be able to ID or if something else was going on.  I Googled “red bark” and found articles about “Red Bark Phenomenon” such as this one.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Join Fulton County Center for Regional Growth in Earth Day Clean Up on April 20

Earth Day clean up graphic

Gloversville, NY – Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG), under the direction of President and CEO Ronald Peters, will be joining the Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB) Initiative by hosting a clean-up team for Earth Day on Saturday, April 20.

On Earth Day, teams will go out throughout the Mohawk Valley and pick up garbage. Upon completion, teams are asked to post photos of their bags of garbage on social media and tag it #KMVB. Teams can be registered for the Earth Day Clean Up at

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Like Father, like Daughter: Harris Stearns’ war memoir a must-read for history buffs

Memories from the Forgotten War book cover

My father (Elwyn “Pete” Bellinger) recently called to say hello and then to reminisce about Garoga, where he grew up with three brothers and one sister.  My Dad’s father, Frank, and brother, Frank (“Sonny,”) helped build the first Rockwood-Garoga-Lasselsville firehouse. During our conversation, my father asked if I had ever heard of Harris Stearns, or his book, Memories From The Forgotten War. My father knew Stearns and seeing him walking one night, gave him a ride home on his motorcycle.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

The Fulton County Desperado: Charles “Eddie” Baker

It was a bitterly cold day in February of 1907 when Edward Lofts walked out of his home at Blue Corners on the Western edge of Saratoga County, hitched up his team, and started for Amsterdam with a load of wood. Little did he know that as he urged his horses westward the peaceful scene he left behind would soon be transformed into one of tragedy and horror. Six weeks earlier Edward and his wife Cornelia had taken in their sixteen-year-old nephew, Charles Edward “Eddie” Baker. All had been going well with Eddie in the home, with everyone getting along and the young man even assisting with work on the farm. 

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

An Early Spring Irving Pond Cross-Country Ski Trip

I decided to take advantage of Saturday’s (March 23) snow dump and go cross-country skiing today, March 26. Last year when I tried to ski, the sole fell off a pair of brand new boots that had been in my closet. Since 3 pin boots are no longer an option, a local shop put new bindings on my 80s skis (which I refuse to part with). Good thing I tried to put the new boots in the new bindings before I left the house! I could not figure them out–I finally had to watch a video because once one boot was in, I could not figure out how to release it.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Trekking through Rockwood State Forest

Rockwood State Forest sign.

Today, [Saturday, Jan. 27] I joined members of the Alpiners hiking club for a trek through part of the Rockwood State Forest in Fulton County. It was 35 degrees [with zero] precipitation as compared to last Saturday’s 4 degrees!  We were prepared with both snowshoes and microspikes.  Because it has been fairly warm and so rainy, we decided we only needed the spikes and hiking poles. Piper the Wonder Dog and Nikki also joined in the fun.

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Fulton County seeks input to update Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan

Johnstown – The Fulton County Planning Department is seeking public input on updating the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and will be holding three (3) open house-style events over the next several weeks.

The open houses will be held at the following local volunteer fire departments and times: (1) Saturday, Feb. 10, Mayfield Fire House, 28 North School Street, Mayfield, from 11 am to 12:30 pm; (2) Monday, Feb. 26, Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department, 1326 Route 67, Johnstown, from 5 to 6:30 pm, (3) Wednesday, March 6, Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department, 320 Steele Ave Ext, Gloversville, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Anyone that is interested in agriculture is encouraged to stop by and provide feedback. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Fulton County Adventure Day Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2

fulton county outdoor adventure day

BROADALBIN: Fulton County Outdoor Adventure Day is a day to highlight the outdoor activities in Fulton County. It is a multiple venue event where you can find a table about fishing, boating, biking, antiquing, and many local artisans featuring handmade goods and fresh farm products.

“A craft fair with an outdoor flair” is set for Saturday, October 2 from 10am-4pm. An outdoor-palooza of free family fun, sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead commented about the second year of this annual event.  “It’s perfect timing for Outdoor Adventure Day.  Hikers, kayakers, fishermen and hunters are all getting ready for Fall in the Adirondacks.  This year, there are some new surprises, so it will be great place to gear-up at vendors or learn something new about your favorite hobby.”

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Stewarts Landing: Long dammed but still special

With the water down for the winter, it’s easy to imagine the channel as the Mohawks of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy once saw it.  Though the current dam on Stewarts Landing determines the summer level of the water, the top of the upstream rapids appearing when the level goes down is the determining factor for the winter level.  This waterway was suitable for canoeing long before any dams were constructed.

What we call Stewarts Landing is the 2 mile stretch of flat water carrying the outflow of Canada and Lily Lakes to a concrete dam. Once called Fish Creek, the stream through and below Stewarts Landing is currently known as Sprite Creek.  Below the dam, the unnavigable rocky stream flows into East Canada Creek, which joins the Mohawk and then Hudson Rivers.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Charges Filed In Fulton County Poaching Case

Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Shane Manns and Steve Shaw reported that on October 1st, they conducted a patrol on a baited hunting stand they located a few days earlier. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Comments Sought on Fulton County State Forests

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input regarding the Draft Unit Management Plan (Draft UMP) for 5,850 acres of State Forest lands in Fulton County.

This management unit includes Lassellsville State Forest, Peck Hill State Forest, and Rockwood State Forest. These lands are located in the towns of Ephratah, Oppenheim, and Johnstown. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Comments Sought On Fulton County State Forest Plans

DEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that it will develop a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 5,850 acres of public lands in the Fulton County State Forests, just outside the Adirondack Park.

The Fulton County State Forests include the state forests of Lassellsville, Peck Hill, and Rockwood. The lands are located in the towns of Ephratah, Oppenheim, and Johnstown.

A public meeting will be held at the Johnstown Town Hall (2753 NY Route-29) in Johnstown on November 15 beginning at 5:30 pm. » Continue Reading.

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