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Columnists

Kevin Mattison

KEVIN MATTISON

Kevin is the Executive Editor of the Recorder, and you can contact him at kmattison@recordernews.com. You may also read his blog - featuring columns both old and new - at Mattison's Avenue Blog.

Marianne Friers

MARIANNE FRIERS

Fultonville dairy farmer Marianne Friers is a regular columnist. She blogs at northviewdiary.blogspot.com.




Don Williams

DON WILLIAMS

Don was born and raised in the Adirondacks. He is a retired Gloversville school principal and magazine writer. He lives in Gloversville.

Sports

Mohawks news and notes for Thursday

* Head coach Keith Griffin said Tuesday that he will not know his starting pitchers for the PGCBL East Division Championship Series until today. He said at least two of E.J. Ashworth (5-0, 2.02 ERA), Ryan Clark (3-0, 2.31 ERA) and Connor Johnstone (3 ...
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Mohawks gearing up to attempt three-peat

By MICHAEL KELLY michael.kelly@recordernews.com The Amsterdam Mohawks will not know until late tonight what team is visiting them for Friday's Game 1 of the PGCBL East Division Championship Series at Shuttleworth Park. This does not seem to bother th ...

Texas tops Yankees

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Colby Lewis retired the last 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings and the Texas Rangers clinched their first series victory in a month, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night. Brett Gardner led off the ...

Fred Jackson signs contract extension

PITTSFORD (AP) -- Fred Jackson has no plans of slowing down any time soon. The 33-year-old running back signed a one-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, placing Buffalo's unquestioned leader on offense under contract with t ...

Obituaries

Stella M. Bazarnicki

July 28, 2014 Stella M. Bazarnicki, 101, passed away on July 28, 2014, in Williamsburg, Virginia after a brief illness. Stella, a daughter of the late Maria and Marcel Czaplinski, and until recently, was a life-long resident of Amsterdam, N.Y. ...

Bertha E. (Betty) Dingman

July 28, 2014 Bertha E. (Betty) Dingman, 91, passed away July 28, 2014. She was born February 14, 1923 in Junius, New York, the daughter of Harry Rackmyer and Alta Parsels Rackmyer. Bertha married Alton H. Dingman on June 29, 1940, and had a ...

Linda M. Graff Ruback

July 26, 2014 Linda M. Graff Ruback, 62, passed away Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital with her loving family at her side. Born in Amsterdam on Sept. 1, 1951 she was the daughter of the late Walter and Jean Murray Graff and a 1969 graduate ...

Joan M. Downey

July 26, 2014 Joan M. Downey, 61, of Stonegate Drive, Rensselaer, NY; passed away Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2014 at home, with her loving family by her side. Born in Amsterdam, NY; on January 11, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Matth ...

Entertainment

The Associated Press Book Reviews

"The Home Place" (William Morrow) by Carrie La Seur Carrie La Seur's finely crafted debut chronicles a woman's complicated relationship with her hometown of Billings, Montana, her relatives who stayed behind and her ancestral history. La Seur's graceful prose in "The Home Place" complements her incisive character studies of a family that has managed to keep most of its problems behind closed doors. Alma Terrebonne left Billings and the family's " ...

AP Music Review

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye" (Reprise) Tom Petty isn't singing about himself on his new tune, "Forgotten Man," but he can't be blamed for thinking like that. The music world has moved on from the days when Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers were among its leaders. So what to do? They can give up, go country, become a walking jukebox or stand and fight. They've decided to take a stand, based on the evidence of this stunning new disc. ...

Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as 'The Honorable Woman'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Honorable Woman" is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman's inner life and a global hot spot. Poised between dream-state and tough reality, it exposes timeless truths while remaining as current as the next Israeli-Palestinian clash. An eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. on SundanceTV, "The Honorable Woman" is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Barones ...

Entertainment news in brief

Ronstadt gets answer to the question WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?" The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in the day." The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn't make it to her induction to the Rock and ...
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