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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 picks up first win of the season with 3-1 win over Johnstown

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Eight games worth of discouragement to start the 2014 boys soccer team left the Amsterdam Rams a bit beaten up headed into Tuesday's home match against Johnstown, so much so that when senior captain Isaiah Cameron-Mur ...
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Lazarou shines again for Lady Rams

By MICHAEL KELLY @ByMichaelKelly GALWAY -- The Amsterdam High School cross country teams split Tuesday's results with squads from Scotia-Glenville, as the Lady Rams' Olivia Lazarou continued her sensational freshman season. Competing on the 2.82-mile ...
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Mayfield outlasts Fort Plain to improve to 8-1

MAYFIELD -- The Mayfield girls volleyball team bested the Fort Plain Lady Hilltoppers Tuesday in Western Athletic Conference action, 3-1. Mayfield improved to 8-1 with the victory, which came via scores of 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14. The Lady Pan ...
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Royals walk off in 12th to eliminate Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason -- nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete wit ...


Dorothy M. Smith RN

September 28, 2014 Dorothy M. Smith, RN, 88, of Greenwood Avenue, Amsterdam, NY, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam. Born January 13, 1926 in Amsterdam, NY she was the daughter of t ...

Robert Thomas Clayburn

September 26, 2014 Robert Thomas Clayburn, 65, of Briar Hill, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Rochester, NY after a long illness. Born February 13, 1949 in Amsterdam, New York he was the son of Anne Sirotick Clayburn and the ...

Harold R. Leamon

September 28, 2014 Harold R. Leamon, 46, of Henson Road, former resident of Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly in Broadalbin. Born November 15, 1967 in Amsterdam, NY he was the son of Doris Costello Leamon and the late Gerald Leamon. He attend ...

Mary A. Henza

October 1, 2014 Mary A. Henza, of Clyde Street, Fort Plain died peacefully on October 1, 2014 at the Palatine Nursing Home with her family by her side. Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to the Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 ...


Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seat belt

By DAVID PORTER The Associated Press NEWARK -- Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seat belts, the company said in a court filing Monday. The filing was made in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July over the accident, which killed his friend James McNair, who was acco ...

Entertainment news in brief

Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at dad's death SYDNEY (AP) -- Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. "We are all heartbroken, but knowing we ...

Fox's 'Sleepy Hollow' hopes to engage fans in season 2

By ALICIA RANCILIO The Associated Press NEW YORK -- "Sleepy Hollow" was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season "the tricky second album." "Last season people were ... expecting us to be terrible," Mison says of the Fox mythical drama, which airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. "Let's be honest ... (the show's premise is) quite a bold idea. Last season: low expectations. This season: h ...

Denzel opens with a $35M handle

NEW YORK (AP) -- Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller "The Equalizer" to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The strong opening marks the third-best debut in Washington's career, trailing only 2012's "Safe House" ($40.1 million) and 2007's "American Gangster" ($43.6 million). Washington, who will turn 60 in December, has been one of Hollywood's most reliable draws without the benefit of anything like a superh ...
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