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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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Friesen on a roll at Fonda

FONDA -- Starting position hasn't mattered much to Stewart Friesen this season at Fonda Speedway. In three prior appearances at the Track of Champions before Saturday night, Friesen started the modified feature 15th twice and 27th once -- and won all ...
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Rams fall in Class A semifinals

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder ALBANY -- The Amsterdam High School baseball team jumped all over Queensbury Spartans starting pitcher Ryan Flansburg in the first inning of Saturday's Section II Class A semifinal, plating two quick runs and forcing ...
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Jeter returns to Yankee Stadium for retirement of Williams' No. 51

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bernie Williams stood in front of the pitcher's mound, flanked by Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, all clothed in finely tailored business suits rather than the pinstriped baseball uniforms in which they e ...

Napoli, Red Sox top Angels

BOSTON (AP) -- Mike Napoli hit his fourth homer of the series and drove in four runs, Wade Miley allowed one run in eight innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Sunday. Napoli belted a two-run home run, two-run double and ...


Dorothy J. Litchfield

May 22, 2015 Dorothy J. Litchfield, 91, of 4th Street, Gloversville, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22, at her son's home with her loving family at her bedside. Born March 8, 1924, in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of the late Harold and ...

Irene Sakne

May 22, 2015 Irene Sakne, 93, formerly of West Charlton, passed away Friday evening, May 22, at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Health in Gloversville. Born May 31, 1921, in Perth, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Victor ...

Joyce J. Bellows Gillis

May 23, 2015 Joyce J. Bellows Gillis, 79, of East Lykers Road, Sprakers, passed away Saturday, May 23, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the Christian Church at Charle ...

Anita A. (Bellen) Smith

May 20, 2015 Anita A. (Bellen) Smith, age 90, a longtime and well-known and loved resident of St. Johnsville, NY, passed away peacefully yet suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015 at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. Anita A. Belle ...


Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for four Emmys, dies

By SANDY COHEN and FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry ...

Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press CANNES, France -- The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or. The choice of "Dheepan," as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as "A Prophet" and "Rust a ...

John Nash lived a life of great struggle and even greater success

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. -- Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics. Nash had read the classic "Men of Ma ...

Vandals hit selfie-taking Ottoman prince statue

ISTANBUL (AP) -- A statue erected in a Turkish city of an Ottoman prince taking a selfie with a cellphone has been vandalized amid strong criticism of the artwork. Just days after it was erected, someone -- perhaps offended by disparagement of Ottoman history -- hacked off the phone and the prince's sword. The mayor's office in Amasya, a city an hour south of Turkey's Black Sea coast, said police have been ordered to guard the disarmed prince. The ...
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