Due to COVID-19, many tourist attractions have had to cancel or delay opening. Please call businesses for details.

Governor Cuomo Announces Outdoor Dining at Restaurants Will Be Permitted in Phase Two Of Reopening

Restaurants in the Seven Regions that Have Already Entered Phase Two Can Reopen for Outdoor Dining Beginning Tomorrow, June 4th.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in phase two of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered phase two – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York – can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

Full details can be found here. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-outdoor-dining-restaurants-will-be-permitted-phase-two-reopening


THANK YOU Phoebe Sitterly for coordinating another event for our essential truck drivers!

Picture- From Feed the Truckers on April 27th, volunteers from Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber staff- Nicole Walrath, Director of Workforce Development, and Jenna Patterson, Business and Education Partnership Coordinator.

Local Woman Plans Second ‘Feed the Truckers’ Event For Tuesday, May 19th

St. Johnsville resident and retired teacher Phoebe Sitterly is using her “great appreciation” for truck drivers, and their dedication to serve, as the inspiration for an event to thank them with a bagged meal, planned for Tuesday, May 19th in Fultonville. This is the second event she is planning, as the first one was a great success.

The truck drivers event, “Sandwiches 4 Semis, A Free Meal to Say Thank You” will begin at 3pm., and feature a boxed meal for drivers passing through Nationwide Transportation Brokers, just off the Thruway, Exit 28, at 58 Riverside Drive in Fultonville.

A big thank you to Nationwide Transportation – and owner Vince Gramuglia, who will once again host the event. This event is also sponsored by St. John’s Reformed Church in St. Johnsville.

Sitterly and a team of volunteers will welcome any truck driver to stop on the 19th to pick up a meal. The NYS Truckers Association will help get the word out with advertising and posts.

Sitterly stated: “this second event will largely be supported by cash donations, that have just kept coming in. Ripepi’s will be helping to make the subs, Family Dollar in Gloversville is donating a lot of chips and various goodies, CG Roxanne is donating all the water, and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber is donating bags. We will again be giving away 200 meals for the truck drivers. The out pouring of cash donations – the people in Fulton and Montgomery Counties are so kind and generous. They want to help truck drivers so much- it is just so amazing! I can’t thank our wonderful community enough.”

Sitterly is happy to use her experience in her life to continue to organize community events. As a teacher for 30 years, Sitterly served as a class or club advisor during her entire career. She also served as Union President for 6 years. During her presidency, she was instrumental in the school merging process. In 2005 she helped kick off a fundraiser for the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library called “FlapJacks and Fairytales.”

Sitterly is forever grateful for the volunteers who were at the first event and will be at the second event on the 19th. Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce staff members Nicole Walrath and Jenna Patterson volunteered at the first event. Walrath stated: “To be a part of what Phoebe Sitterly has organized for the truck drivers by providing lunch, is just a small token to show our gratitude. We truly appreciate all of the long hours and hard work our front line works are putting in.”

Patterson said- “Phoebe is an outstanding person and I’m so grateful to be a part of this event that she put together. Seeing the smiles and gratitude that the truckers felt when I was handing them food made my entire day, and it showed me that it meant so much more to them than it did to us. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “God bless you.”

To volunteer for the truckers appreciation event, or to donate, contact Sitterly at (518) 844-9607.

Hill & Markes Webinar on re-opening food service business.

Hill & Markes hosted a webinar earlier this week on how to safely reopen your food service business covering everything from staff safety, operational adjustments, food safety training, takeout & to-go, cleaning and more!

If you missed it, its available for you to download or Click Here to watch!

Be sure to checkout www.hillnmarkes.com/covid19 for tons of useful information and resources for Covid 19.


The Fulton County YMCA (The Y) is launching a brand-new service initiative called ‘Y Cares’ and its first project will be a food drive to help restock the Fulmont-Gloversville Food Pantry during these challenging times when the community need is heightened. The food drive event will be held on Monday, April 27 from 10AM to 3PM and will be run two ways—as a drive up/drop off for donating actual canned food and other needed items and as a virtual food drive so those that do not want to leave the safety of their home can still participate by donating online. The event was planned in consult with the Fulton County Public Health Department to be sure the food drive can be operated safely, following all social distancing recommendations. The health department will also be on-site the morning of the event to inspect the set up to be sure it is being optimally run with public health and safety in mind.

Community members wishing to donate to the food drive can enter the YMCA parking lot on Harrison Street in Johnstown and follow signage to the drop off stations. The public will be able to drop off donated items into drive-up collection boxes without leaving their car. Per the Food Pantry, needed items are as follows: peanut butter, Jelly, canned pasta, chili, soups, beef stew, boxed or bagged pasta, noodles, oatmeal, boxed pancake mix, boxed cereal, tuna or chicken or any canned meat, crackers, instant milk, canned vegetables, peas, corn, potatoes, spaghetti sauce, tuna helper, boxed rice, canned fruit, pork and beans and personal Care Items: including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, toilet paper, diapers, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc. Health and safety instructions for those wishing to participate in the drive-up food drive will be posted on the Y’s Facebook page and website.

For the virtual food drive, a link will be added to the Fulton County Y Facebook page @FultonCountyY and website (www.fultoncountyymca.org) on the morning of April 27th for the public to donate directly to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY safely online.

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. Working locally, the Y focuses on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. The Fulton County Y’s fitness facility was ordered to temporarily close on March 16 as part of the state mandate, however essential services remain operational at this time including Emergency Childcare for first responders, health care professionals and essential workers; and the Y’s Residency in Gloversville which provides supportive housing for the homeless and potentially homeless. The new ‘Y Cares’ initiative will connect Fulton County Y staff and members with service opportunities to support local charities and community organizations.

For more information, please visit their website at: www.fultoncountyymca.org.

Cooperative Marketing Program Available to Fulton County Tourism Attractions

Cooperative Marketing Program Funding Available- Please call Anne Boles at 518-725-0641, to see if your business is eligible for funding.

Program Description

Fulton County Tourism provides matching funds (dollar for dollar) to eligible participants for advertising tourism-related services, programs, campaigns or events.  Eligible participants may receive up to $1,000 per year based on funds available to Fulton County Tourism.

Program Objectives

  • To increase visitation to Fulton County by visitors from outside of the county
  • To help Fulton County tourism organizations and properties increase their marketing reach and extend their marketing budgets



  • Participants must be in good standing with the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce with no outstanding invoices owed, However;
  • Participants do not have to be members of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Participants must submit a completed Tourism Facility Profile form


  • Participant completes and submits a Cooperative Marketing Participation Agreement form
  • Fulton County Tourism reviews the form to ensure it aligns with its own marketing objectives and notifies participant when accepted into that year’s program
  • Participant submits their marketing plan


Fulton County Tourism’s Responsibilities

  • If needed, Fulton County Tourism places ads with selected media outlet and material deadlines will be provided to meet design and approval needs
  • Share performance metrics for digital and social media ads when applicable


Responsibilities of Cooperative Participant

  • Participant should include Fulton County Tourism logo (provided by Fulton County Tourism) with link to www.44lakes.com on their homepage (or other page and page location acceptable to Fulton County Tourism) when applicable based on type of advertising
  • Participant must list Fulton County Tourism as an official sponsor if advertising is event related
  • Participant must turn on Google Analytics for its website; assistance will be provided upon request
  • Participant must provide Fulton County Tourism with a Google Analytics report within one month after the advertising run. Report must detail the number of visits to the site, a ranking of visits by Metro Area, and a ranking of referrals for the duration of the advertising run



  • Eligible Participants will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Media outlet will provide deadlines to meet desired advertising dates
  • All digital ads will be “clickable” with traffic directed to Participant websites
  • All advertising must conclude by December 31, 2020
  • Fulton County Tourism reserves the right to refuse any advertising at its discretion
  • Fulton County Tourism must review advertising and holds final creative direction on advertising copy and creative
  • Fulton County Tourism may provide Participants with information from third party tracking software that measures information related to web traffic. Fulton County Tourism is not responsible for the accuracy of this information or any conclusions drawn from it.
  • Up to 10% of digital ads may run in Fulton County

1st Annual Fulton County Restaurant Week March 7th-13th

1st Annual Fulton County Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday March 7th – Friday March 13th!

During Restaurant Week, diners can experience special prix fixe menus at our wonderful restaurants in Fulton County. A 2 course lunch will be offered at $10.20 (tax and gratuity not included) or a 3 course dinner for $20.20 (tax and gratuity not included).
For full details including participating Restaurants and Menus, click HERE!