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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

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Record breakers: Mohawks throttle DiamondDawgs

By MICHAEL KELLY michael.kelly@recordernews.com With a display of offensive might and several dazzling defensive plays in a 20-5 win against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, the Amsterdam Mohawks recorded their record-breaking 36th win of the season T ...

Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015. The announcement was made by in Korean, Spanish and English by ...

NBA players union elects new executive director

By BRIAN MAHONEY The Associated Press Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers. When she saw an interview last year with an NBA play ...

ESPN's Smith off air after abuse remarks

NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred duri ...

Obituaries

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 ...

John E. Bloomer Jr.

July 23, 2014 John E. Bloomer, Jr., of State Highway 162, Esperance, NY, passed away peacefully at the Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, NY. Born September 21, 1929 in Cooperstown, New York he was the son of the late J. Emory and Wilma Curry Bloom ...

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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