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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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Area teams miss out on final round

It feels strange not to be setting my GPS for Joe Bruno Stadium. This is just the second year in my time at The Recorder where no local baseball team has made it to a Section II championship game at the home of the Tri-City ValleyCats, the only other ...
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Montoya gives IndyCar the Indianapolis 500 it needed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Extra! Extra! Juan Pablo Montoya still had to pay $2 to read all about it. On a gray and blustery Monday morning, the Colombian spent more than two hours on the Yard of Bricks taking the customary Indianapolis 500 winner photo ...

Gardner, Yankees rough up Guthrie, Royals

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brett Gardner got a little silly after hitting the Yankees' third homer of the first inning, enthusiastically high-fiving his teammates as if he were trying to slap away the memory of a lost weekend of baseball. A few big hits did ...
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Harden rescues Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3. Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team. Harden did just that, ...


Ronald Stride

May 21, 2015 Ronald Stride, 76, of Amsterdam, passed away Thursday, May 21, at Capstone Center for Rehab & Nursing in Amsterdam. Mr. Stride was a self-employed roofer and contractor in the area for many years. He was of the Roman Catholic ...

Melanie Ethel Skottke

Memorial service Melanie Ethel Skottke, infant daughter of Marc and Amy (Bodwell) Skottke of Ilion, passed away at home peacefully in her parents' arms. Melanie was born April 15, 2015, in Syracuse. She is survived by her parents, Marc and Amy ...
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Leonora Molitor

May 24, 2015 Leonora A. Molitor died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Sunday, May 24. Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Frances Padula. Lee graduated from PS 15 in Albany and Hackett Jr. High School ...

Joyce J. Bellows Gillis

May 23, 2015 Joyce J. Bellows Gillis, 79, of East Lykers Road, Sprakers, passed away Saturday, May 23, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Amsterdam March 22, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Floyd E. and Arlene Johnson B ...


Lawyer: Allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

By KEN RITTER The Associated Press LAS VEGAS -- Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical profess ...

'Tomorrowland' takes top spot at box office on slow weekend

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The future doesn't look so bright for "Tomorrowland." Disney's expensive fantasy adventure essentially had Memorial Day weekend to itself, and still only pulled in a modest $41.7 million in its first four days in theaters according to Rentrak estimates Monday. It's a disappointing debut for a film that cost a reported $180 million to produce. Disney put their full weight behind the Brad Bird-d ...

Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for four Emmys, dies

By SANDY COHEN and FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry ...

Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press CANNES, France -- The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or. The choice of "Dheepan," as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as "A Prophet" and "Rust a ...
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