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Kevin Mattison


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Don Williams


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American Pharoah arrives at Saratoga for the Travers

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) -- With a dozen roses and about 300 people waiting to greet him, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday and was led off a horse van next to his barn after a flight from California. Amer ...
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Former player assists Sherlock during recovery

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- Confined to directing practices from a swivel chair after recent surgery, veteran Amsterdam High School volleyball coach Christine Sherlock is still having to get acquainted to the idea of ...

F-MCC to add 3 sports

JOHNSTOWN -- The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Raiders will be competing in three more sports starting in the 2016-17 academic year. The three sports are cross country, bowling, and golf. Competition in each of those sports is by both men's and ...
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Astros top last year's win total, beat Yankees, 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) -- A green laser beam bounced around a fog-filled clubhouse, music blared from all corners of the darkened room. It's a postgame party that's becoming commonplace with these Houston Astros. Gattis hit two home runs, Collin McHugh exce ...


George Joseph Schery

August 26,2015 George Joseph Schery, 94, passed away Aug. 26. George was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen "Kay" DeBoer Schery (2010) for 65 years. George was born in Brooklyn where he worked for Fairchild Publications before and af ...

Antonella Cassella

August 24, 2015 Antonella Cassella (also known as Bossy), of Perth, passed away at the young age of 39. A life-long resident of Perth, Antonella was the proud owner and chef of Nicolino's Restaurant and Vino/Wine Bar. Born in Amsterdam, Ant ...

Nellie S. Bieniek

August 26, 2015 Nellie S. Bieniek, 94, of Old Route 67, West Charlton, and formerly of Brandt Avenue, Fort Johnson, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Healthcare. Born Aug. 17, 1921, in West Charlton, she was the daughter of John and Jad ...

Emma Jane Terplak

August 24, 2015 Emma Jane Terplak, 89, of Amsterdam passed away peacefully Aug. 24 at the River Ridge Living Center surrounded by her loving family. Born Feb. 3, 1926, in Amsterdam, she was the youngest daughter of the late Earl and Alice Smit ...


'Z for Zachariah' a drama about the last three people left on Earth

By TODD McCARTHY The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in "Z for Zachariah," a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female emotional dynamics. Set in a remote valley spared from radioactive contamination after a presumed global catastrophe, the film from director Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn't sufficientl ...

The Associated Press Book Reviews

"Last Ragged Breath" (Minotaur Books) by Julia Keller Each of us has a story that defines us as an individual. Maybe it's the truths and lies we tell ourselves about ourselves, our reputation or our work. Sometimes that tale is all we have -- and it can be worth everything. Myriad characters' personal stories boost the plot in "Last Ragged Breath," Julia Keller's excellent fourth novel about prosecutor Bell Elkins. No one knows more about how a pe ...

Owen Wilson, Lake Bell star in a taut but deeply troubled 'Escape'

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as "No Escape," a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does "No Escape" take place? It's about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly violent coup that sends them scampering for survival through foreign, unfamiliar streets strewn with bodie ...

Entertainment news in brief

'Jackass' star charged after climbing crane LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Jackass" star Steve-O will face five criminal charges after he climbed a crane in Hollywood to protest SeaWorld and drew dozens of emergency responders to a construction site earlier this month. The city of Los Angeles will also seek financial restitution for the cost of the police and fire response, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the City Attorney's Office. Steve-O, whose legal nam ...
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