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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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Braves basketball team finding its new identity

By MICHAEL KELLY @ByMichaelKelly FONDA -- Head coach Eric Wilson said Thursday that his Fonda-Fultonville boys basketball squad knows it has its work cut out for it. "With this group, there are a lot of question marks," said Wilson. "We have a lot to ...
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Lady Rams to play in Canada

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- Amsterdam Lady Rams basketball: International Team of Mystery. For years, Lady Rams coach Eric Duemler has made it his mission to expose his team to top-level competition, either by heading out of ...
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Raiders snap winless streak

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- After 368 days and 16 straight losses, the Oakland Raiders could celebrate. Rookie Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining, and the Raiders got one last defensive stop to snap a 16-game lo ...

NBA union head: Taylor suspension violates CBA

NEW YORK (AP) -- The executive director of the NBA Players Association said Thursday the suspension given to Charlotte's Jeffery Taylor by Commissioner Adam Silver is "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreemen ...


Mary S. Morini

November 20, 2014 Mary S. Morini, 93, of Lindbergh Avenue, Amsterdam, NY; passed away Thursday afternoon November 20, 2014 at Wilkinson RHCF in Amsterdam. Born in Baltimore, MD on July 9, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary ...

Antoinette Costello

November 19, 2014 Antoinette Costello, 93, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening at River Ridge Living Center LLC. Born in Guardiafiera, Province of Compobasso, Italy on Oct. 6, 1921, the daughter of the late Luigi and Maria Nerone Frascato ...

Mary Brookhiser

November 19, 2014 Mary Brookhiser, age 84 of Johnstown, passed away on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, Amsterdam, following a brief illness. She was born in Fonda on March 16, 1930 the daughter of ...

Margaret A. Wolowice

November 18, 2014 Margaret A. Wolowice, 81 formerly of Rockton Plaza, Little Falls and for the past six years of Gansevoort, NY passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Saratoga Hospital with her beloved daughter Kathy Coon at her side. She w ...


Bin Laden documentary is most popular ever for Fox

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel's two-part documentary on the former Navy SEAL who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden is the network's most popular documentary ever. Reporter Peter Doocy's interview with Robert O'Neill averaged just over 3 million viewers last Tuesday and Wednesday, the Nielsen company said. The second part had 3.37 million viewers, effectively tying with an edition of "The ...

The Associated Press Music Reviews

Trisha Yearwood "Prizefighter: Hit After Hit" (Gwendolyn/RCA Nashville) Trisha Yearwood returns with her first new recordings in seven years with "Prizefighter," which combines 10 of her best-known hits ("XXX's and OOO's," "She's In Love With The Boy") with six new songs. The title tune pairs Yearwood with acolyte Kelly Clarkson, and the two overcome the song's empowerment cliches through the earth-shaking force of their voices. But the album inc ...

The revolution is brewing in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss's (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite. Thus, revolution is on the horizon in the franchise's third installment, "Mockingjay -- Part 1," ...

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan is still recovering from brain injury

By DAVID PORTER The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. -- Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday. Benedict Morelli said the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a b ...
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