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Kevin Mattison


Kevin is the Executive Editor of the Recorder, and you can contact him at You may also read his blog - featuring columns both old and new - at Mattison's Avenue Blog.

Marianne Friers


Fultonville dairy farmer Marianne Friers is a regular columnist. She blogs at

Don Williams


Don was born and raised in the Adirondacks. He is a retired Gloversville school principal and magazine writer. He lives in Gloversville.


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Amsterdam to host Averill Park in home opener at Lynch

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- It may only be Week 3 of the high school football season, but the Amsterdam Rugged Rams are treating Friday's home opener against the Averill Park Warriors with the utmost importance. "We ...
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Big challenge awaits Broadalbin-Perth

By MICHAEL KELLY @ByMichaelKelly BROADALBIN -- Sole possession of first place is at stake in the Section II Class B West Division Friday night in Schuylerville, but neither Broadalbin-Perth football head coach Jim Pelneau nor Black Horses head ...

Adam Scott, Steve Williams decide to part ways

Adam Scott is looking for a caddie now that he and Steve Williams have decided to end their partnership. Scott said in a statement Wednesday that he and Williams are at different stages of their lives. Williams has been on the bag for 14 majors - ...

R&A set for historic vote on women members

By STEVE DOUGLAS The Associated Press The "Home of Golf" is about to find out if its doors are open to women. On the same day Scotland votes on whether to become independent, a historic sporting decision will be made inside arguably the most ...


Gerry Tatlock

September 10, 2014 Mrs. Gerry Tatlock, 89 years old, of Amsterdam, passed away Wednesday September 10, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY following a lengthy illness. She was born on March 23, 1925. A daughter of the late Robert ...

Douglas J. Szyjkowski

September 16, 2014 Douglas J. Szyjkowski, 35, of Forest Avenue, Amsterdam, NY, passed away Tuesday morning September 16, 2014 at home. Born in Amsterdam on October 30, 1978, he was the son of Francis "Frank" and Margaret "Peggy" Szyjkowski. ...

Elaine Rounds

September 12, 2014 Elaine Rounds, 90, lived in the home her father built for over 80 years in Tribes Hill, NY; she passed away peacefully Friday evening at the Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home where she had resided for five months. Prio ...

Barbara P. Stowell

September 14, 2014 Mrs. Barbara P. Stowell, 69, of Otsego Street, Canajoharie, New York died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at St. Mary's Healthcare of Amsterdam. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:00am at The Chape ...


Women & politics: Gillibrand, Davis offering memoirs

By BETH J. HARPAZ The Associated Press "Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir" (Penguin/Blue Rider Press) by Wendy Davis "Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World" (Ballantine Books) by Kirsten Gillibrand Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights fi ...

Blogger doesn't pull punches in wisecracking new memoir

By BROOKE LEFFERTS The Associated Press "People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges" (Ballantine Books) by Jen Mann It's not easy to endear yourself to readers when you write a book called "People I Want to Punch in the Throat," yet somehow author Jen Mann manages to do just that in her new hilarious memoir. It's a collection of short essays on Mann's life as a marr ...

A-list cast can't save sappy 'This is Where I Leave You'

By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody's stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn't? This scenario could be a drama or a comedy -- or, in the case of "This Is Where I Leave You," both: a dramedy. In the best dramedies, of course, laughter and tears alternate seamlessly and gracefully, and ...

Leo is a U.N. messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change. Ban told a news conference Tuesday that the American actor "is not just one of the world's leading actors" but he has "a longstanding commitment to environmental causes." DiCaprio established a foundation in 1998 with a mission to promote the Earth's last wild places and build a mor ...
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