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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


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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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Long road for American Pharoah to reach Travers

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS -- American Pharoah can run. But can he fly? You betcha. By now, everyone knows American Pharoah glided through the Triple Crown -- overcoming stormy weather, too -- won the Haskell Invitati ...

Watson leads at Barclays

EDISON, N.J. (AP) -- Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays. He also lost his No. 1 ranking. Bubba Watson, momentarily distracted by a rare warning for taking too long to play a shot, recovered with a birdie on the ...
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Yankees overpower Braves, 15-4

ATLANTA (AP) -- Didi Gregorius drove in a career-high six runs, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in his return to Atlanta and the New York Yankees shook off a scoring slump to beat the Braves 15-4 on Friday night. The Yankees scored a total of se ...

Red Sox outlast Mets in 10-inning thriller

NEW YORK (AP) -- Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox stopped the New York Mets' seven-game winning streak, holding on for a 6-4 victory Friday night. The Red Sox, visiting the Mets for the first t ...


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George W. "Bud" Fiebka

August 21, 2015 George W. Fiebka, 93, of Dairy Hill Road, Salisbury Center, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 21, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam. Born March 25, 1922 in Amsterdam, N.Y. he was the son of the Late George J. ...

Antonella Cassella

August 24, 2015 Antonella Cassella (also known as Bossy), of Perth, passed away at the young age of 39. A life-long resident of Perth, Antonella was the proud owner and chef of Nicolino's Restaurant and Vino/Wine Bar. Born in Amsterdam, Antone ...

Delos A. Frasier

August 27, 2015 Delos A. Frasier, 83, of Route 162, Sprakers, passed away early Thursday morning, Aug. 27, at Palatine Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born Aug. 13, 1932, in Little Falls, he was the son of Miles Frasier ...

Nellie S. Bieniek

August 26, 2015 Nellie S. Bieniek, 94, of Old Route 67, West Charlton, and formerly of Brandt Avenue, Fort Johnson, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Healthcare. Born Aug. 17, 1921, in West Charlton, she was the daughter of John and Jadwig ...


Goodyear retiring its blimps and firing up new cigar-shaped craft

By JOHN ROGERS and JAE C. HONG The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won't be, well, technically, a blimp. But that's OK, too, because from the ground it won ...

AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' sets cable record

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The new "Fear the Walking Dead," which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a cable network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs. An estimated 10.13 million people watched the premiere Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. The well-reviewed series is set in a different location and different time than "The Walking Dead." The previous record-holder for top cable se ...

Three to get honorary Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are the season's first Oscar winners. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the filmmaker and two actresses will receive honorary Academy Awards Nov. 14 at its annual Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Lee and Rowlands will receive honorary Oscars for their career achievements. Each has two previous nominations. Lee's came for his origina ...

'Z for Zachariah' a drama about the last three people left on Earth

By TODD McCARTHY The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in "Z for Zachariah," a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female emotional dynamics. Set in a remote valley spared from radioactive contamination after a presumed global catastrophe, the film from director Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn't sufficientl ...
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