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Reservists volunteer for local Habitat project before deployment

By CAROLINE MURRAY Recorder News Staff Weeks before embarking on another mission abroad, four Navy reservists spent their final days volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity project in the city of Amsterdam. James Kearns, Frank Pesco, Adam Fish and Brandi Bowers were stationed at 82 Brookside Ave. this week to help build a home for Manuel and Melissa Castro, a local married couple. This crew gave up two days of personal time to partake in a project for a co ...

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Council eyes budget gap

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI Recorder News Staff While the Amsterdam Common Council rejected a city ambulance service that was projected in Mayor Ann Thane's budget to generate $660,000, officials have yet to say how they will close that gap. Fifth Ward Alderman Richard Leggiero said he has some ideas, but believes they won't make a difference. "It is a serious issue that the [mayor] put us in," Leggiero said. "We will have to do what we have to do I guess." First Ward A ...

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Opt-out movement accelerates amid testing

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even 70 percent of their students are refusing to sit for the exams. Some l ...

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FPCSD ends merger talks

By JOSHUA THOMAS For The Recorder FORT PLAIN -- The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education decided Wednesday to discontinue merger talks with Canajoharie Central School District. The board "debated a lot of issues and decided at this time it's in the best interest of the district to pursue a new superintendent search," said Superintendent Douglas Burton, who retires June 30. He said the board feels that to pursue a merger while also trying t ...

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Community fundraises for dog's life-saving surgery

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI Recorder News Staff A stray dog named Otis has become quite the celebrity around the city of Amsterdam ever since his photo surfaced on the Internet a few weeks ago. Otis is currently recovering from femur bone surgery. Had it not been for the community, which helped raise the needed funds for his surgery, Otis may have suffered a different fate. Police Chief Gregory Culick said a woman arrived at the police department in the early morn ...

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Opposing sides square off on turf safety

By PAUL ANTONELLI Recorder Sports Editor It looks like grass, feels a bit like grass, but in the end, is synthetic turf safe? Depends on who you ask, but most experts agree that there are no harmful effects when playing sports on the artificial surface. Unlike years ago when turf was a green version of concrete, the current turf is grass-like in feel and appearance, and doesn't give athletes fear of injury and to a lesser degree, a knee or elbow burn. With ...

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