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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.


Rams rout Johnstown to snap four-game skid

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder JOHNSTOWN -- A meeting with its closest local rival turned out to be just what the Amsterdam High School lacrosse team needed to break out of its recent malaise. Mired in a four-game losing streak and forced ...
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Schuylerville tops Amsterdam

Matt Saddlemeir allowed three runs over five innings and helped himself with a home run to lead Schuylerville to a 7-3 victory over Amsterdam in a Foothills Council baseball game on Friday night. After Amsterdam took a 2-0 lead, Saddlemeir belted a ...

Fonda Speedway to open tonight

FONDA -- After a successful practice session on Wednesday, Fonda Speedway is set to begin the 2015 racing season on Saturday with grandstands opening at 3 p.m. and racing set to begin at 5 p.m. The season was set to begin on Saturday, April 4 but ...

Racing scene loses a major contributor

By THOMAS COUGHLIN For The Recorder The racing community has experienced another loss this week as Glen Ridge Motorsports Park assistant photographer Dan Szala was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. Szala was proud of his work behind t ...


John "Jay" Quatrini

April 16, 2015 John "Jay" Quatrini, 50, of Amsterdam and Queens, NY passed away April 16, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the DeStefano Funeral Home, Rte 5S, Amsterdam, NY.

Susan L. Dake Ferguson

April 16, 2015 Susan L. Dake Ferguson, 59, of North Main Street, Broadalbin, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, April 16, with her loving family at her bedside. Born Aug. 7, 1955, in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of Roger C. Dake and M ...

Mary J. Bergh

Thursday, April 16, 2015 Mary J. Bergh, 75, of Wall Street, Amsterdam, died peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital with her family by her side. A Graveside Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 201 ...

David F. Lasky

April 16, 2015 David F. Lasky, 61, of Mosher Road, town of Perth, passed away Thursday morning, April 16, at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam. Born Dec. 1, 1953, he was the son of the late Edward S. and Ellen Hasenfuss Lasky. Dave received ...


Tom Hardy excels but 'Child 44' feels like 40 films

By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press The best-selling novel "Child 44" by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that's perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40 different directions. It's a political movie. It's a war film. It's a crime thriller. And suddenly, late in the proceedings, it becomes an action movie. At 137 minutes, the movie's also a good half-hour too long. It's as if director Daniel Espinosa ...

'Unfriended' uses unique approach to create scares

By RICK BENTLEY The Fresno Bee Not since "The Blair Witch Project" in 1999 has a horror film taken such a creative approach to conjure scares as "Unfriended." It's a cautionary tale of a group of friends who become the target of an unseen cyber-entity starving for revenge. What makes this film so different is that it's shot looking at a computer screen. The actors interact through Skype, with back-story elements handled through online searches. Ev ...

TV Picks for the week of April 19-25

Combined wire service report Mid-season series continue to conclude as our attention turns to old and recent movies, cheesy monsters and PBS. Here's what caught the eye on television this week: DON'T MISS "The Americans" -- The Cold War-era spy drama closes out an electrifying third season with a finale that finds Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in treacherous territory. We have no idea where that might be ...

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Ultra-Orthodox site cuts Kardashian from photo JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian -- one of the world's most photographed women -- from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week. The original photo of Kardashian, her husband, Kanye West, and Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat was altered to put Kardashian behind a restaurant receipt. Kardashian was blurred in another. Nissim Ben Haim, an editor at the K ...
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