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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.


Porcello's struggles continue, Blue Jays rout Red Sox, 11-2

TORONTO (AP) -- Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Porcello and t ...
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GM Dipoto departs with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned Wednesday, abruptly ending his 3 1/2-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia. Former general manager Bill Stoneman will take over a ...

Sabres sign No. 2 draft pick Eichel

BUFFALO (AP) -- Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career. Eichel, the 18-year-old center selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years ...

Spieth cruising, but several big names, have work left to do

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there's still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the p ...


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Stanley C. Tonko

June 28, 2015 Stanley C. Tonko, 94, of Princeton Street, Amsterdam, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 28, at St. Mary's Healthcare, with his loving family by his side. Mr. Tonko was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Amsterdam, the son of William and A ...

Michelle P. Stewart

June 29, 2015 Michelle P. Stewart, 46, of Union Mills Road, Broadalbin, died Monday, June 29, at Albany Medical Center. She was born in Amsterdam Feb. 26, 1969, a daughter of Leonard and Cheryl Francisco Gasner and was a 1987 graduate of Broad ...

Sonia Mary Mokowich Romano

Graveside service A graveside service for Sonia Mary Mokowich Romano will be held Sunday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Tribes Hill. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
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Mortimer H. (Mort) Dykeman Jr.

June 29, 2015 Mortimer H. (Mort) Dykeman Jr. passed away Sunday, June 28, at the Hospice house in Gloversville with his family at his side. Born Dec. 23, 1925, in Carmel, he was the son of the late Mortimer H. and Phebe Ganung Dykeman Sr. He w ...


Piano Man sets an MSG record

By MESFIN FEKADU The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John. The Piano Man was full of energy as he performed for a feverish crowd of all ages in New York City for more than two hours. He sang hits like "Uptown Girl," "We Didn't Start the Fire," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" and "Only the Good Die Young." "Wel ...

Entertainment news in brief

New York prison break featured on Discovery NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-three days of grabbing headlines has earned a television episode for two convicted killers who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison. The Investigation Discovery network says it will take a close look at the saga of Richard Matt and David Sweat in "Prison Break: The Manhunt Ends" as a part of its "Front Page" series Friday night. It will recount the inmates' relati ...

Macy's dumps Trump; Big Apple reviewing contracts

By LYNN ELBER The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, the nation's only Latina governor and a rising star in the Republican party, added her voice Wednesday to criticism of the GOP presidential hopeful, denouncing his co ...

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ballet theater

By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday -- the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history. Copeland, 32, fought tears as she spoke about her promotion, which she said was ...
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