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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


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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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10th annual Dolly Day takes on new meaning

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Friday, a golf tournament that pays tribute to members of one of Amsterdam greatest athletic families while also raising money for a number of causes throughout the region, will celebrate its 10th edition. The Dolly D ...
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Rams 10U fall to Queensbury in championship contest

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Even playing shorthanded and using a handful of underaged players, the Amsterdam 10-and-under travel baseball team found a way to close its season on a positive note. Amsterdam wrapped up its summer season Tuesday nig ...

Upton, Solarte propel Padres over Mets, 7-3

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sure, Justin Upton and Matt Kemp did their part -- again. Padres manager Pat Murphy was excited to get contributions from the rest of the lineup, too. Upton homered and drove in three runs and Yonder Alonso also connected as San ...
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Tanaka keeps missing spots in Yankees defeat

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka kept missing his spots for the New York Yankees. Once the Japanese right-hander allowed the first three Texas batters in the second inning to reach base and score, the Yankees never caught up. Colby Lewi ...


Steven W. Summerfield

July 22, 2015 Steven W. Summerfield of Charleston Four Corners passed away on July 22 at his winter home in North Las Vegas, NV. Born in Amsterdam to Jack A. and Evelyn C. Summerfield, he attended Schoharie schools. He proudly served in the U ...

Irvin "Vinny" Hughes

July 27, 2015 Irvin "Vinny" Hughes, 59, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 27, 2015. Born on November 20, 1955 in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Irvin D. and Lillian Bayes Hughes. Irvin, more commonly known as Vinny b ...

Harriet N. Finkle

July 28, 2015 Harriet N. Finkle, 95, formerly of Coolidge Road, Amsterdam died peacefully on July 28, 2015. Born on December 27, 1919 in Gloversville, New York she was the daughter of the late Adolf and Minnie Nessel and the beloved sister o ...

Joseph Baldicini

July 29, 2015 Joseph Baldicini, 91, formerly of Arch Street, Amsterdam and a former Florida resident passed away on July 29, 2015 at Hillcrest Springs Adult Home with his family at his side. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be a ...


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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'Tour' a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject

By DAVID ROONEY The Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES -- Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," J ...
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New 'Vacation' is a funny homage to its predecessor

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now -- device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the outside world. Families flew in 1983, too, of course. "National Lampoon's Vacation" actually begins with a bit of a debate about air versus ground, but road trips back then, even cross-country o ...
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Mission accomplished for Cruise in new 'MI' flick

By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press There's some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in the last movie they merely saved us from a nuclear holocaust. Was it talent, work, or dumb luck? Whatever you decide about that, let's be clear about this: When it comes to Tom Crui ...
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