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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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Setting the stage for big-time showdowns

We've reached one of the odder weeks on the area high school basketball calendar -- one that starts quietly and should end with a thunderous bang. Because of New York State Regents exams, the schedule is exceptionally barren in the opening days of th ...

AHS track athletes shine at NYC's Armory

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder While Saturday morning's burst of snow kept some of the members of the Amsterdam High School boys indoor track and field team from competing in all of their scheduled events at New York's Washington Avenue Armory, onc ...
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Coach K wins 1,000th game

NEW YORK (AP) -- Coach 1K. How grand. Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Ma ...
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Haas pulls away for Humana win

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge. Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and fir ...


Norma (Smith) Wiltse

Thursday January 22, 2015 Norma (Smith) Wiltse, 85, of St. Johnsville passed into eternal rest to be with her husband on Thursday, January 22, 2015. She was born February 17, 1929 in the Town of Exeter, NY, the daughter of the late Albert D. a ...

Irene N. Powell

January 23, 2015 Irene N. Powell, age 84, of Schenectady, NY died January 23, 2015 after a short illness. She was the daughter of the late Mary and Paul Trzaskos. Irene is survived by brothers John, Robert (Stacia), Matthew and Paul (Elaine) ...

Diana F. Cassone Neri

January 15, 2015 Diana F. Cassone Neri, 65, of Orlando Ave., Albany, formerly of Amsterdam, passed away Thursday January 15, 2015 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn in Albany with her family at her side. Born in Amsterdam, NY on November 4, 1949 a dau ...

Rev. Richard Hubschmitt

January 24, 2015 Rev. Richard Hubschmitt, 73 years old of Randall, New York, went home to live with the Lord on January 24, 2015 at the Mountain View Hospice Home. He was the son of Frank and Helen Hubschmitt. His life was one of love, compa ...


Melissa Rivers files suit in mom's death

By COLLEEN LONG The Associated Press NEW YORK -- While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. The 81-year-old comedian and star of "Fashion Police" on E! died Sept. 4, days after she went in for a routine endoscopy at Yorkville ...

Sam Smith nabbed for Petty larceny

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit "Stay With Me" for its similarities to his song "I Won't Back Down." Smith's representative said Monday the publishers of Petty's 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith's song, which was one of last year's biggest hits. Smith and "Stay With Me" writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty's song, written with Jeff Lynne. "Althou ...

'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring after SAG win

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood." Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. B ...

'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

By DERRIK J. LANG The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. "American Sniper" is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film ...
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