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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.


Mohawks roll in first game of playoff series

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder On the piece of masking tape that holds his lineup to the dugout wall, Amsterdam Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin scrawled three words in all caps punctuated by three exclamation points in an attempt to set the tone ...

Mohawks open playoffs tonight

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs beat the Albany Dutchmen Friday night in a one-game playoff. All that determined for the Amsterdam Mohawks was what team would clamber off their bus tonight at Shuttleworth Park. After a ...
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Czeski reflects on eve of Hall of Fame induction

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder T.J. Czeski's path to greatness started early. Brought up from the Amsterdam High School junior varsity football team as a freshman, the varsity Rugged Rams were six games into the 2002 season when Czeski suddenly got ...

Severino to get start for Yanks next week

CHICAGO (AP) -- Touted pitching prospect Luis Severino will make his next start with the New York Yankees. Manager Joe Girardi said Friday that the 21-year-old Severino will start at home next week against Boston, but didn't specify when he would g ...


Jason William Cowan

July 30, 2015 Jason William Cowan, 40, of Amsterdam passed away on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at Mountain Valley Hospice with his family by his side. He was born to William and Angela (Baldicini) Cowan on May 31, 1975. Jason graduated from Ams ...

Paul W. Luft

July 30, 2015 Paul W. Luft, 73, of The Town of Mohawk passed away peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born October 25, 1941 in Fort Plain, he was a son of the late Edward and Alberta Sparks Luft. Paul was a ...

Felice A. "Felix" "Shorty's Boy" Persico

Wednesday, July 29 Mr. Felice A. "Felix" "Shorty's Boy" Persico, 68, of Sanford Road, Amsterdam, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Amsterdam. Born in Amsterdam on November 3, 1946, a son of the late Carmen and Philomena Mor ...

Felix Persico

July 29, 2015 Felix Persico, 68, passed away suddenly Wednesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St. Burial is in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday f ...


Jon Stewart signing off Daily Show's fake newscast for real

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Who could blame him for wanting to depart "The Daily Show" on this high note? Besides, maybe it had gotten too easy. By June, when Donald Trump jumped in ...

'Celebrity Family Feud' turned itself into a summertime hit

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The survey says: ABC's version of "Celebrity Family Feud" ended its run on Sunday as an unexpected summertime hit. The Steve Harvey-hosted show, which aired six hour-long editions, averaged 9.1 million viewers and was the most-watched new television program this summer, the Nielsen company said. It more than doubled the viewership ABC had in the same time slot last year with "Wipeout." "We had hig ...

David Cassidy is preparing to auction Florida mansion

By JENNIFER KAY The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Like many of his baby boomer peers with grown children and debts to settle, one-time heartthrob David Cassidy is looking to downsize. He's taking some last looks around his five-bedroom Florida mansion, worrying over bougainvillea he has tended around the stone pool deck for 13 years and taking stock of the property he says is his favorite out of all the homes he's owned. But once he ...

LA Times movie guide

OPENING THIS WEEK "Best of Enemies" -- A documentary about the infamous 1968 televised clashes between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal and how they prefigured contemporary TV punditry. Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. (1:27) R. "Dukale's Dream" -- A documentary about the unlikely friendship between actor Hugh Jackman and an Ethiopian coffee farmer. Directed by Josh Rothstein. (1:10) G. "The End of the Tour" -- ...
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