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Paul Antonelli


Paul is a graduate of SUNY Albany, and is a 10-time award winner of the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association and a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors. Antonelli covered 44 of Mike Tyson's 56 professional fights and was one of just five American journalists to cover Tyson's stunning loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. His Tyson stories appeared nationally (USA Today) as well as in some of the top publications internationally.

Antonelli was a long-time beat writer for the New York Giants, covering Super Bowl XXV and also spent three years covering the New York Knicks, including the team's appearance in the 1994 NBA Finals.

Antonelli lives in Amsterdam and is married with two children. He can be reached via email at

Adam Shinder


Adam Shinder has been covering sports at the Recorder since September 2008.

A native of Holland, Pa., Adam is a 2007 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University with B.S. in Newspaper. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 and 2009-10 New York News Publishers Association award for Outstanding Sports Writing.

Adam can be reached via email at


Sharon K. LaPrade

April 7, 2016 Sharon K.LaPrade passed away April 7 at the St. Johnsville Nursing Home after a two-year long battle with cancer. Her friends Kathy Hanford and Barbara Van Schaick were at her side. Sharon was born July 18, 1951 in Trumble, Conn., ...

John H. Gentile

April 26, 2016 John H. Gentile, 84, of Vrooman Avenue, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam. Born June 4, 1931, in Amsterdam, New York, he was the son of the late Angelina and Anthony Gentile. He was a lifel ...

Stephen J. Widanka

May 22, 2016 Mr. Stephen J. Widanka, passed away at the age of 86 on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Wells House, Johnstown, New York. His family surrounded him with support and they were thankful for the wonderful care offered. He was born on D ...
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Pastor Ray L. Lydick

May 21, 2016 Pastor Ray L. Lydick, 83, of Amsterdam, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility with his loving family at his side. He was born in Madison, Maine, on Aug. 28, 1932, a son of the late C ...


From The Recorder Archives

Compiled by SHARON WALEGA Recorder News Staff THIRTY YEARS AGO * A four-day ordeal for a small black cat is over, thanks to a favor from two workers on a break. BB, a five-month-old black kitten owned by Michelle Draper of 25 Lefferts St., ...

Letter to the Editor

Mohawk Valley Chorus performances never disappoint To the editor: Just a few words to say "thank you" to the Mohawk Valley Chorus musicians and their director, accompanist, and all associated with producing a well received musical treat. I keep ...

Letters to the editor

Library appreciates support Dear Editor, Joy! Joy! The sign in the front of the Amsterdam Free Library expresses my feelings. The sign reads "Thank you, Thank you, Now Let's Do Great Things". The residents of the greater Amsterdam School Distric ...

Letters to the Editor

Some advice regarding lead in Amsterdam water To the editor: As a chemist, I need to speak to the issue of lead found in the water samples of three of our Amsterdam schools. I routinely participate in water sampling of my home taps when offered ...


'Shield' actor's words used against him in murder trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An actor who played a police officer on television is guilty of murder because of numerous statements he made about the killing, a prosecutor told a jury Friday. Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef used several statements Michael Jace made to detectives, his brother-in-law and in text messages to his dead wife to make her case that "The Shield" actor should be convicted of first-degree murder. Mokayef also cited testimony from J ...

Spreading joy chief among Julianne Hough's priorities

NEW YORK (AP) -- Julianne Hough is defined as much by her sunny disposition as she is her fancy footwork. The actress-dancer's megawatt smile and cheerful persona has made her Hollywood's girl-next-door. But Hough credits her painful times in her teens, when she endured bullying, for giving her a positive perspective. "The only way to fix bullying ... is to do something about it and that's to be kind and to give joy to people and give love to people, ...

'Roots' is a well-cast update coming on Monday

By CHUCK BARNEY East Bay Times DON'T MISS: "Roots" _ Attempting to remake or "re-imagine" a pop-cultural landmark often leads to disaster. But this well-cast and handsomely crafted update of the 1977 miniseries about one American family's tumultuous journey through slavery earns our respect. The four-night, eight-hour event can be difficult to watch at times, but ultimately it's an inspiring testament to the resilience of the hum ...

Entertainment news

'Groundhog Day' actress Angela Paton dies at age 86 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Angela Paton (PAY-ton), an actress best known for appearing with Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," has died at age 86. Her nephew George Woolf says Paton died Thursday in Oakland, California, where she had been in hospice care after a recent heart attack. Paton played Mrs. Lancaster, the kindly, elderly, small-town innkeeper who played host to Murray on his never-ending day in ...
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