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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.


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AHS baseball aiming for Section II title

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- If things had gone to plan, Thursday afternoon would've marked the Amsterdam High School baseball team's first game of the 2015 season. Things have rarely gone to plan this preseason for anyone in ...
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Lesnar marks WWE loyalty at WrestleMania

By DAN GELSTON The Associated Press Brock Lesnar will keep his heavyweight championship defenses on the WWE Network. Up next for the wrestler known as "The Beast Incarnate," a date in the main event of WrestleMania 31. His UFC career isn't ...

Arizona, Wisconsin meet in regional final yet again

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Arizona guard Gabe York remembers having the ball in his hands, taking a couple of dribbles and failing to get a shot off before time expired. Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63, in overtime. The Badgers advanced to the Final Four for t ...
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Louisville surges past N.C. State

SYRACUSE (AP) -- Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points, reserve Anton Gill keyed a late-game surge, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Louisville (27-8), the fourth see ...


Catherine H. Latvis

Catherine H. Latvis March 26, 2015 Catherine H. Latvis, 87, formerly of Carmichael Street, and the Amsterdam High Rise Apartments, passed away peacefully Thursday at the Edward L. Wilkinson RHCF. Born in Amsterdam Aug. 21, 1927, the daughter ...

Rosanne Stelly Carlucci

Rosanne Stelly Carlucci March 26, 2015 Rosanne Stelly Carlucci, 87, of Stratton Apartments, Division Street, Amsterdam, passed away Thursday, March 26, at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. ...

Carol A. Furman

Carol A. Furman March 26, 2015 Mrs. Carol A. Furman, age 73, of Amsterdam, passed away Thursday March 26, 2015 at her home. She was born September 5, 1941 in Amsterdam, the daughter of the late Carmen and Ethel Bellen. She attended local ...

Catherine H. Latvis

March 26, 2015 Catherine H. Latvis, 87, formerly of Carmichael Street, passed away Thursday at the E.L. Wilkinson RHCF. Arrangements under the care of the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., are incomplete and w ...


'Empire' ends its season in a flourish for Fox

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Now that Fox has established "Empire" as the biggest new hit of the television season, it has to work on the rest of its lineup. The music business family drama logged 17.6 million viewers for its first season finale last week, easily the most popular prime-time program on the air, the Nielsen company said. Viewership grew for every new episode this season. "Empire" is now done for the season and ...

'Downton Abbey' is hitting the road

NEW YORK (AP) -- The producers of "Downton Abbey" say the upcoming sixth season of this popular drama will be its last. Executive producer Gareth Neame said its creators "wanted to close the door of 'Downton Abbey' when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together," and promised "a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue." The Emmy Award-winning show follows the fates of the aristocratic Crawley clan and their servants am ...

Animated alien adventure 'Home' lands with a thud

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press In "Home," the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh ("The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons) simply because that's the resigned reaction everyone has when he's around. "Oh," his brethren say with deep indifference at his desperate, over-the-top attempts to fit in and make friends. It's meant to turn into something positive by the end of the film. Unfortunately, "oh" i ...

Despite its amazing star power, baffling 'Serena' has no spark

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press The arithmetic on "Serena" is fascinating. Two of the biggest movie stars in the world plus an Oscar-winning director and a best-selling novel somehow add up to a forgettable, under-the-radar video-on-demand release. But movies work by strange, illogical mathematics. Despite its prestigious pedigree, "Serena," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is likely to be remembered as another example of the cur ...
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