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Monday, May 25, 2015
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Kevin Mattison

KEVIN MATTISON

Kevin is the Executive Editor of the Recorder, and you can contact him at kmattison@recordernews.com. You may also read his blog - featuring columns both old and new - at Mattison's Avenue Blog.

Marianne Friers

MARIANNE FRIERS

Fultonville dairy farmer Marianne Friers is a regular columnist. She blogs at northviewdiary.blogspot.com.




Don Williams

DON WILLIAMS

Don was born and raised in the Adirondacks. He is a retired Gloversville school principal and magazine writer. He lives in Gloversville.

Sports

Rams stall after hot start, fall in Class A semifinals

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder ALBANY -- The Amsterdam High School baseball team was unable to capitalize on a dream start Saturday against the Queensbury Spartans in the Section II Class A semifinals, putting two runs across just five batters into ...

Hilltoppers fall to Maple Hill in Class C semis

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Despite a gutsy pitching effort from junior lefthander Jesse Heroth, who tossed a complete game on just two days rest and didn't allow an earned run, the Fort Plain Hilltoppers couldn't cope with h ...
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Rams, 'Toppers in semis today

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Five teams down, only two local high school baseball clubs remain with a chance to claim Section II championships next week, and both will attempt to stamp their tickets to Troy's Joe Bruno Stadium late today. The ope ...
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Luis Perez doesn't let blindness get in the way of his goals

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Limits are made to be broken, barriers meant to be smashed. Luis Perez lives in darkness. That doesn't stop him from being a light for everyone around him. Perez, an eighth-grader at Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy, ...

Obituaries

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 ...

Donald W. Klemme

Graveside service A graveside service for Donald W. Klemme, who passed away March 24, will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, in West St. Johnsville Cemetery, St. Johnsville. Funeral arrangements are with the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Servic ...
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Donald Joseph Karl

May 17, 2015 Donald Joseph Karl, 57, passed away unexpectedly May 17 at home. Donald was born March 12, 1958, son of Edward and the late Nancy Karl. Donald received his certificate with ITT Tech. He proudly served with the United States Na ...
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Isabella R. Damiano

May 17, 2015 Isabella R. Damiano, 84, of Brookside Avenue, Amsterdam, passed away peacefully Sunday at the River Ridge Living Center. Born Nov. 27, 1930, in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Helen Riso Marcellino. She was ...

Entertainment

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 ...

13.76 million viewers for Letterman

NEW YORK (AP) -- Comic celebrities turned out for David Letterman's late-night farewell -- and so did his biggest audience in more than 21 years. The Nielsen company said Thursday that 13.76 million viewers saw Letterman end his 33-year career as a late-night TV host with a final show Wednesday night. The last time Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS' telecast of the Winter Olympics. More people watched Let ...

Stones rock small LA club ahead of tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour. The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out. And one fan outside the theater offered $4,000 for one ticket. The Stones ...

The Associated Press Book Reviews

"A Good Killing" Touchstone by Allison Leotta "A Good Killing," Allison Leotta's new legal thriller, has sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis heading home to defend her sister, who has been arrested in the death of a high school coach. Anna's sister, Jody, was last seen with the coach in a bar, and they went away together. Jody has had a crush on him since her high school days, so would an affair be out of the question? She says they were sleepi ...
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