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Amsterdam planners OK Main Street apartments, OTB move

John Purcell/Recorder staff Joseph Tesiero, managing member of Cranesville Properties, talks to Amsterdam Planning Commission members Thursday about redevelopment plans across two buildings spanning 24 to 32 Main St. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Eight high-end apartments received initial approvals to be built in downtown Amsterdam, along with the local Off Track Betting seeking to leave the Riverfront Center. Amsterdam Planning Commission members Thursday evening unanimously granted Cranesville Properties’ applications for site plan approvals and a special use permits for eight apartments evenly across 24-26 Main St. and 30-32 Main St., with the residential units located on the...

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The ram celebrates 60 years as AHS mascot

Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff The current ram statue outside of Amsterdam High School. By CHANTELLE DEROSE Recorder News Staff This year’s homecoming celebrations fall on the 60th anniversary of the ram becoming the official Greater Amsterdam School District mascot. Additionally, it is the anniversary for when the concept of homecoming was conceived. Bert DeRose, a teacher and advisor of the student council in 1957, said school spirit was at the forefront of his mind when choosing an animal to represent what was then called Wilbur H. Lynch High School. DeRose began thinking of animals that held their heads up high...

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Sawyer Fredericks talks career, new album ahead of local concert

John Purcell/Recorder staff Sawyer Fredericks, the breakout musician from Glen who won the eighth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” poses inside the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam during a media event Thursday. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Sawyer Fredericks is excited to headline Sticker Mule’s free music festival Saturday in the City of Amsterdam as he wraps up the final leg of a tour and works to complete his latest album. “This feels like my hometown, so it’s really nice to be able to put on a performance, especially since it’s free so anyone can come,” said Fredericks, who...

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Homecoming bonfire

The second annual Amsterdam Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire was held in the Chalmers Lot on Thursday evening. The event included music, games and an introduction of the fall sports teams. Photos by Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff The crowd stands back and watches the fire. Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff Gary and Rita Pawlowski watch the fire from afar. Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff The football team looks on as the bonfire begins. Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff The cheer squad poses for a photo. Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa addresses the crowd. Chantelle DeRose/Recorder staff Briana Bascon and Gabriella Moniz pose...

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Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

Municipal government personnel clear the roads after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 21, 2017. As of Thursday evening, Maria was moving off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The storm was expected to approach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas late Thursday and early Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The sky was darkening Thursday afternoon as 10-year-old Sarah Jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother’s patio in hopes of capturing rainwater. “We can use it to...

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HFM BOCES instructor arrested for alleged sexual contact with a minor

STAFF REPORT JOHNSTOWN — An HFM BOCES Career and Technical Center instructor has been placed on administrative leave and arrested by Gloversville Police following allegations of sexual contact with a minor. According to a GPD release, on Monday, Sept. 18, police received a report of a possible inappropriate sexual relationship involving a 14 year old male and Keith D. Hanchar, 40, of Johnstown. Detectives allege that Hanchar met his victim through an internet website before meeting him at a location in Gloversville where they engaged in a sexual act. Police do not believe that the two met or had contact through HFM BOCES. Police allege the sexual contact took place during summer 2017 off school grounds, according to a HFM BOCES release. An arrest warrant was issued by Gloversville City Court, charging Hanchar with second degree criminal sex act. He was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 20. He was then arraigned in Gloversville City Court by Honorable Judge Dalmata and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail, $10,000 bond. The GPD is continuing the investigation, and request further information be called in to 518-773-4513. According to a HFM BOCES release, Hanchar, has been placed on administrative leave from his teaching position and relieved of all of his duties while the investigation continues. “This is a highly alarming set of allegations, and we took immediate steps to address...

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County to vote on snowmobile trail updates, Project Lifesaver funds

By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff FONDA — Montgomery County Legislators pushed forward resolutions earlier this week regarding snowmobile trails and transferring donated funds for Project Lifesaver. During the Economic Development and Planning Committee on Tuesday legislators approved establishing the county as lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) determination for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Snowmobile Trails Grant-In-Aid Program. The county is the local sponsor and administrator for the program. According to the resolution, the Town of Florida Snowmobile Club created a new trail, C7F, which is approximately 3.46 miles long, updated trail C7P, which is approximately 15.3 miles long, and updated trail C7B, which is approximately 11.27 miles long. Trail C7P runs along the existing bike path from Randall to the city of Amsterdam. The trail C7B runs from Fort Hunter to the middle of the town of Florida. The Frontier Sno Riders Snowmobile Club is updating trail C7F, which is approximately 0.43 miles; updating C7B, Class B, which is approximately 12.74 miles; and updating C7B, Class A, which is approximately 3.04 miles. Trail C7F connects to the portion of trail C7F that is maintained by the town of Florida. The trail, C7B encompasses picks up where the town of Florida’s portion of the trail ends to the Schenectady County line. Both plans are subject to the SEQRA. Legislators...

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Gina Marie Barton (Agresta)

September 6, 2017 Gina Marie Barton (Agresta), 52, of Amsterdam, N.Y., passed away Sept. 6, 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside committal service, this Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Green Hill Cemetery, Cornell Street, Amsterdam, N.Y. To send online condolences to the family, go to...

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Despair rises for relatives of the missing in Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts. And what many had clung to as the unlikely triumph of life over death was revealed to be a case of some very high-profile misinformation: A top navy official announced there were no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where the purported plight of a girl trapped alive in the rubble had captivated people across the nation and abroad. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office raised the death toll from Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake to 273, including 137 in the capital. In a statement, it said there were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. More than 2,000 were injured and more than 50 people rescued in Mexico City alone, including two women and a man pulled alive from the wreckage of a building in the city’s center Wednesday night. Still, frustration was growing as the rescue effort stretched into Day 3. Outside a collapsed office building in the trendy Roma Norte district, a list of those rescued was strung between two trees. Relatives of...

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Despair rises for relatives of the missing in Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts. And what many had clung to as the unlikely triumph of life over death was revealed to be a case of some very high-profile misinformation: A top navy official announced there were no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where the purported plight of a girl trapped alive in the rubble had captivated people across the nation and abroad. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office raised the death toll from Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake to 273, including 137 in the capital. In a statement, it said there were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. More than 2,000 were injured and more than 50 people rescued in Mexico City alone, including two women and a man pulled alive from the wreckage of a building in the city’s center Wednesday night. Still, frustration was growing as the rescue effort stretched into Day 3. Outside a collapsed office building in the trendy Roma Norte district, a list of those rescued was strung between two trees. Relatives of...

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