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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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S-G eliminates Amsterdam in Class A opener

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder TROY -- The Amsterdam Lady Rams got themselves off to the perfect head start, but once the Scotia-Glenville Lady Tartans got themselves going, Amsterdam's wheels fell off and the Lady Rams never got them back on strai ...
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Voorheesville edges Broadalbin-Perth 61-59 in overtime

CLIFTON PARK -- The first loss the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots suffered to a Class B opponent this season also turned out to be the one that ended B-P's 2014-15 boys basketball season. For the second straight year, the Patriots were bounced by Voorhe ...
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Amsterdam boys basketball squad returns to action after 16-day break

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- The Amsterdam Running Rams have been sitting at waiting for so long at this point that it almost seems like the practices will never end. Thursday, that got literal. The Rams were closing ...

Big scorers highlight Northville-Argyle game

Here's what else to look for from area teams in the Section II boys basketball playoffs this weekend: TODAY Class D: No. 4 Northville vs. No. 5 Argyle, at Stillwater HS, 1 p.m. This one figures to be a showdown between two of the best young s ...


Kathleen (Zappia) Wysowski

Kathleen (Zappia) Wysowski February 27, 2015 Kathleen (Zappia) Wysowski, 91, formerly of the Sanford Home for Women in Amsterdam, died Friday morning, Feb. 27, at St. Mary's Healthcare. Born March 18, 1923, in Norfolk, N.Y., she was the daug ...

Carmella (Marotta) Siciliano

Carmella (Marotta) Siciliano January 3, 2015 Carmella (Marotta) Siciliano of Mechanicville passed away on January 3, 2015, in the loving company of her three daughters and family. Carm lived on East Main Street, Amsterdam, all of her pre-mar ...

Harold Clarence Joslin

Harold Clarence Joslin February 25, 2015 Harold Clarence Joslin, 97, of Coburg Village, beloved husband of over 76 years of Helen Amelia Yates Joslin of Rexford, peacefully entered into eternal life surrounded by his family Wednesday, Feb. 25, ...

Bernard R. 'Bernie' Brandow

February 26, 2015 Mr. Bernard R. "Bernie" Brandow, age 80, the harbor master of the village of St. Johnsville marina and longtime St. Johnsville resident, passed away at his home Thursday morning, Feb. 26. He was surrounded by his loving family ...


Leonard Nimoy's legacy goes beyond science-fiction

By DERRIK J. LANG The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction genre, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend the organization a helping hand. When he was asked to narrate a planetarium introduction or appear ...

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ’Star Trek,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83. Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in t ...

Tea Leoni is in a happy state as star of 'Madam Secretary'

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Wednesday was Tea Leoni's birthday. But when referring to her age recently, she realized she wouldn't be turning 50 this time, but 49 instead. "I keep doing this!" she laughed, meaning giving her age a boost. Ever since her last birthday, she had reported her age as 49. "I lost 48 this year -- totally!" It started as a playful goof on the ploy of a friend who routinely claims she's eight years ol ...

Oh, the irony

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A tree has been planted in a Los Angeles park in memory of George Harrison to replace one that was killed by a beetle infestation. City News Service says a yew pine honoring the late Beatles guitarist was planted Wednesday in Griffith Park on what would have been Harrison's 72nd birthday. It was placed near the Griffith Observatory and replaces a Canary Island pine that was planted in 2004. Harrison died in 2001. A plaque near th ...
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