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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.


Cougars ready for crossover contest

CANAJOHARIE -- Coming off a bye week in Week 7, the Canajoharie Cougars football team will take on Tamarac in a crossover game this week. Canajoharie (2-4 Class D) will play host to the Bengals (2-5 Class C) Friday, at 7 p.m., before beginning its pl ...

Area preps schedule

OCTOBER 23 BOYS SOCCER Class B Mechanicville at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m. Class C Fort Plain at Hoosic Valley, 3 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Class C Galway at B-K-W, 3 p.m. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Class C Albany Academy at Fonda-Fultonville, 5 p.m. Class D Germantown ...
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B-P earns No. 1 seed

By MICHAEL KELLY @ByMichaelKelly The results from Wednesday's Section II girls volleyball postseason seeding meeting left several area teams in strong positions to make title runs. The Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots earned the No. 1 seed in the Class ...
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Rugged Rams focused on Gloversville

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder If the Amsterdam Rugged Rams want to make a serious bid at the program's first Section II Class A football title since 2005, now isn't the time for complacency. The Rams made a stirring, emotionally-driven run through ...


Patricia J. Loucks

October 22, 2014 Patricia J. Loucks, 55, of Arnold Avenue, Amsterdam, NY, passed away Wednesday morning October 22, 2014 at home. Born in Rahway, New Jersey on September 25, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Audrey Nickerson K ...

Hazel L. Dean

October 21, 2014 Mrs. Hazel Louise (Warn) Dean of Palatine Bridge died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Albany Medical Center following a sudden illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Elvin (Happy) Dean in 2006 and her son, Robert Leslie D ...

Cleora M. Merry

October 20, 2014 Cleora M. Merry, 95, of Perth passed away peacefully on October 20, 2014 at the E.L. Wilkinson Nursing Home. Born in the Town of Perth on March 16, 1919, she is the daughter of the late Lloyal and Jennie Adams Miller. ...

Henry R. Hinkel

October 19, 2014 Henry R. Hinkel, 79, of Amsterdam, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a brief illness. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:15A.M. at O ...


AP Music Review

Little Big Town "Pain Killer" (Capitol Nashville) How do the four vocalists of Little Big Town respond to the platinum success of the group's most rewarded album, 2012's "Tornado?" Certainly not by playing it safe. On their sixth album, "Pain Killer," Little Big Town -- Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook -- experiment endlessly with harmonies, arrangements, loops and sound effects. The whistles, odd beats and ...

The Associated Press Book Reviews

"Gray Mountain" (Doubleday) by John Grisham John Grisham has been writing legal thrillers and dramas that resonate with readers for almost 25 years, and his latest continues the theme of ordinary people who work in the law profession experiencing a crisis of conscience. Sometimes following the letter of the law might not feel morally just, and that conflict within the person having to confront the issue head-on has propelled Grisham to the top ...

'Laggies' a welcome alternative to the familiar man-child movie

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low production value. She has made a specialty out of deconstructing sitcom-y setups: two pals trying to follow through on a dare to make a gay porno ("Humpday"); a man betwixt two interested sisters, one of them a lesbian, in a remote cabin ("Your Sister's Sister"). Instead of heightening the broad potential of such stories, she plays ...

'John Wick' a revenge thriller that sets itself for follow-ups

By JUSTIN LOWE The Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES -- In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves' Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on "John Wick," a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular action debut. After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the film extremely well for any potential follow-ups. With much of ...
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