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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.


Area high school sports schedule

NOVEMBER 25 BOWLING Waterford-Halfmoon at Fonda-Fultonville, 4:15 p.m. NOVEMBER 28 BOYS BASKETBALL Galway vs. TBA, at Duanesburg Tournament, 3 p.m. NOVEMBER 29 BOYS BASKETBALL Middleburgh vs. Fort Plain, at F-MCC, 3 p.m. Fonda-Fultonville vs. Broadal ...

Balanced Lady Pats looking to surprise

By MICHAEL KELLY @ByMichaelKelly BROADALBIN -- A season ago, the Broadalbin-Perth girls basketball team only won four games, as head coach Michael Magliocca's group of youngsters battled a trying year in the Foothills Council. This season, most of th ...
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AHS wrestling has deep, experienced group for new coach Pfeiffer

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder The most decorated wrestler in Amsterdam High School history is gone to graduation. The winningest head coach in the school's history -- and one of only two men to lead the Rams' program as it approaches 50 years of e ...

Colegrove nearly perfect for Canjo

MIDDLEBURGH -- Canajoharie's Travis Colegrove nearly pulled off a perfect game, bowling a 299 to top a match-best 704 series, but the Cougars dropped a 3-1 decision to Middleburgh in Western Athletic Conference boys bowling action Monday. Damien Su ...


George M. "Nick" Platt Jr.

November 10, 2014 George M. "Nick" Platt Jr., 67, of 16061 SE. 134th Court, Weirsdale, FL; passed away November 10, 2014 at his home. Born in Amsterdam, NY on October 4, 1947, he was the son of George M. and Lois Sexton Platt. Nick received ...

Stefanie Karaban Schultz

November 24, 2014 Stefanie Karaban Schultz, 80, of Astoria, New York died Monday at Haven at Bellevue Hospice, New York, NY. Funeral arrangements are incomplete; a full obituary will appear in Wednesday's edition of The Recorder. Arrangemen ...

Patricia Ann Bracchi

November 24, 2014 Patricia Ann Bracchi, 80, of Division Street, Amsterdam, NY; passed away Monday morning November 24, 2014 at River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam. Born in Amsterdam on November 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Samu ...

Theresa C. Testa

November 23, 2014 Theresa C. Testa, 83, of Northern Boulevard, Amsterdam, NY, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at the River Ridge Living Center, LLC in Amsterdam. Born June 17, 1931 in Amsterdam, New York she was the daughter of the late ...


NBC's 'Today' is looking to rebound from a tough week

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- It's rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs. That's where Willie Geist and Natalie Morales found themselves during the most difficult week for NBC's "Today" show in two years. At its end, an NBC News executive was fired after two months on the job and the network was tamping down reports of mutinies, firings and transfers at ...

Oz Cowardly Lion costume is for sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is up for sale. The costume was to be auctioned with other Hollywood items today in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar. The big cat outfit has been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, according to a Bonhams' sales catalog. It is topped by a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A secondary costume u ...

Katy Perry lands a Super Bowl gig

NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst? NFL announced late Sunday -- after rumors swirled for weeks -- that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC. Perry, 30, has dominated the Billboard charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including nine No. 1 hits on th ...

'Mockingjay' opens with $123 million at the box office

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the previous installments of "The Hunger Games," but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Lionsgate's "Mockingjay" opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $ ...
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