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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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100th career win for Spagnola highlights week on diamond

It's been a long time since I've dragged this column out of mothballs, thanks largely to a week out of town and the weather problems that plagued the first month of the baseball season and kept me from getting a good look at most of the local teams. ...
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Wild night at Fonda Speedway

FONDA -- When all was said and done and the final checkered flag flew for the evening Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, Stewart Friesen and Nick Stone both had their second wins of the season after both had also won on opening night, while Dave Const ...

Beal, well-rested Wizards beat Atlanta in Game 1

ATLANTA (AP) -- After resting up for the past week, the Washington Wizards merely had to withstand Atlanta's early pace. Once the Hawks ran out of gas, Bradley Beal and the Wizards took control. Just call them the road warriors. Beal shook off ...

Ovechkin can still dazzle amid tight-checking postseason

By NOAH TRISTER The Associated Press Even in defeat, Alexander Ovechkin produced the goal of the weekend, squeezing through two opposing players and falling to his stomach while whipping a wrist shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist. "T ...


Vincent J. Scarpetta

May 3, 2015 Vincent J. Scarpetta, 95, passed away late Sunday at the Edward L. Wilkinson RHCF. Arrangements, under the care of Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, are incomplete and will be announced.

Kenneth Jerome Lewis Jr.

April 17, 2015 Kenneth Jerome Lewis Jr., 59, passed away Thursday, April 17, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. Born in Amsterdam July 22, 1955, he was the son of the late Kenneth J. and Amelia Jean Kiskis Lewis. In 1986 he married Linda Ande ...

Annette Dingman

May 1, 2015 Mrs. Annette Dingman, 56, passed away May 1 at her home on Hickory Hill Road, Fort Plain. She was born in Little Falls Feb. 20, 1959, the daughter of Clark Wadsworth and the late Marjorie Thode. Annette attended Fort Plain schools ...
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J. Michael Martin

April 30, 2015 J. Michael Martin, 57, of Austin Street, Amsterdam, died suddenly April 30. He was born May 11, 1957, in Schenectady, to the late James Martin Jr. and Monica Minogue Martin. A lifelong area resident, Mike was a 1975 graduate of ...


'Avengers' sequel is second biggest U.S. opener of all time

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012. Although "Ultron" was the only new film in w ...

Hulu gets exclusive rights to 'Seinfeld' on demand

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hulu is giving its viewers nothing to watch, in a big way. The online network has landed exclusive subscription on-demand rights to "Seinfeld." All nine seasons of the hit sitcom said to be "about nothing" will be streaming on Hulu starting in June, the network announced Wednesday at a presentation for advertisers. The episodes, currently airing on TV in a slightly trimmed form, will be restored to their original NBC running time for H ...

Bruce Jenner lifts '20/20' to week's most-watched program

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Bruce Jenner's much-awaited interview on "20/20" lifted the ABC newsmagazine to the week's top spot last week. The two-hour broadcast, hosted by Diane Sawyer, centered on Jenner's acknowledgment that he's transitioning into a woman. It was seen by 17.1 million viewers. But not far beyond this "big event" program was CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," a long-dependable hit that drew 14.6 million to take ...

Questions and answers about movies this summer

By MOIRA MACDONALD The Seattle Times Will the new 'Avengers' movie be as big as the last one? "The Avengers" opened May 4, 2012, and ultimately grossed more than $623 million domestically -- a record total for a movie not directed by James Cameron. ("Avatar" and "Titanic" top the all-time list; "The Avengers" is third.) "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," a title that may not have much meaning for the average non-comic-book-reader (sounds like a deterg ...
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