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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 top Saugerties in regular season finale

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Everyone at Shuttleworth Park was ready to go home. Gage West and Macy Holdsworth ran hard enough to make sure they could. Thursday's regular season finale against the Saugerties Stallions was essentially meaningless ...
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Big weekend on tap for Amsterdam duo

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder When the summer started, Amsterdam's Robbie Spagnola and Trey Ausfeld weren't exactly sure how they'd fit in as members of the Saratoga Stampede's 17-and-under baseball team. After all, with the exception of one other ...
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Sabathia dehydrated after defeat

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- CC Sabathia was taken to the hospital with symptoms of dehydration after the New York Yankees' 7-6 loss at Texas on Thursday night. It was 101 degrees at the start of the game. Sabathia, moved up a day in the rotation to s ...

Hawks head coach enjoying time in Africa after hectic summer

ATLANTA (AP) -- After a hectic start to the summer, Mike Budenholzer is doing important work in Africa while relishing some quality time with his wife and kids. The Hawks coach will never say his work is done. That's not his style. But Budenholz ...


Felix Persico

July 29, 2015 Felix Persico, 68, passed away suddenly Wednesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St. Burial is in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday f ...

Irvin "Vinny" Hughes

July 27, 2015 Irvin "Vinny" Hughes, 59, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 27, 2015. Born on November 20, 1955 in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Irvin D. and Lillian Bayes Hughes. Irvin, more commonly known as Vinny b ...
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Joseph Baldicini

July 29, 2015 Joseph Baldicini, 91, of Amsterdam passed away Wednesday, July 29, at Hillcrest Assisted Living Facility. Born March 19, 1924, he was a lifelong resident of Amsterdam and spent his winters in Hobe Sound, Fla. In 1943 he joined ...

Steven W. Summerfield

July 22, 2015 Steven W. Summerfield of Charleston Four Corners passed away on July 22 at his winter home in North Las Vegas, NV. Born in Amsterdam to Jack A. and Evelyn C. Summerfield, he attended Schoharie schools. He proudly served in the U ...


Jon Stewart signing off Daily Show's fake newscast for real

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Who could blame him for wanting to depart "The Daily Show" on this high note? Besides, maybe it had gotten too easy. By June, when Donald Trump jumped in ...

'Celebrity Family Feud' turned itself into a summertime hit

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The survey says: ABC's version of "Celebrity Family Feud" ended its run on Sunday as an unexpected summertime hit. The Steve Harvey-hosted show, which aired six hour-long editions, averaged 9.1 million viewers and was the most-watched new television program this summer, the Nielsen company said. It more than doubled the viewership ABC had in the same time slot last year with "Wipeout." "We had hig ...

David Cassidy is preparing to auction Florida mansion

By JENNIFER KAY The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Like many of his baby boomer peers with grown children and debts to settle, one-time heartthrob David Cassidy is looking to downsize. He's taking some last looks around his five-bedroom Florida mansion, worrying over bougainvillea he has tended around the stone pool deck for 13 years and taking stock of the property he says is his favorite out of all the homes he's owned. But once he ...

LA Times movie guide

OPENING THIS WEEK "Best of Enemies" -- A documentary about the infamous 1968 televised clashes between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal and how they prefigured contemporary TV punditry. Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. (1:27) R. "Dukale's Dream" -- A documentary about the unlikely friendship between actor Hugh Jackman and an Ethiopian coffee farmer. Directed by Josh Rothstein. (1:10) G. "The End of the Tour" -- ...
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