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Kevin Mattison


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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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Fort Plain's Failing set to pitch at Albany

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder As a lefthanded pitcher with a track record of shutting down opposing hitters, Fort Plain native Marcus Failing had his pick of where he wanted to continue his college baseball career next year. With the University of ...
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Amsterdam's Kory Bergh back on top

We're back to business as usual. Last week saw the first change atop either the boys or girls In Our Five rankings this season when Broadalbin-Perth's Ryan Dingman supplanted Amsterdam's Kory Bergh, but Bergh fired back with one of his best games of ...
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Tar Heels top Syracuse

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Just about everything worked for No. 13 North Carolina against Syracuse's zone defense -- once the Tar Heels stopped throwing the ball away. Brice Johnson had 15 of his 17 points after halftime and UNC shot 55 percent to b ...

Prince helps Celtics edge Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For one night at least, Tayshaun Prince brought back memories of his successful run with Detroit at the start of his career. Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday ...


S. Henry "Hank" Palombi

January 18, 2015 S. Henry "Hank" Palombi, 91, of Menifee, CA formerly of Amsterdam, NY died January 18, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by the DeStefano Funeral Home, Rte. 5S, Amsterdam, NY.

Diana F. Neri

January 15, 2015 Diana F. Neri, 65, of Orlando Ave, Albany, formerly of Amsterdam, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn in Albany with her family at her side. Born in Amsterdam, NY on November 4, 1949 a daughter o ...

Nellie Antos McCune

January 24, 2015 Nellie Antos McCune, 91, formerly of Lindsay Street, Amsterdam, NY. passed away peacefully late Saturday at the Edward L. Wilkinson RHCF. Born in Amsterdam on August 3, 1923 she was the last surviving child of the late Antony ...

Norma (Smith) Wiltse

Thursday January 22, 2015 Norma (Smith) Wiltse, 85, of St. Johnsville passed into eternal rest to be with her husband on Thursday, January 22, 2015. She was born February 17, 1929 in the Town of Exeter, NY, the daughter of the late Albert D. a ...


Melissa Rivers files suit in mom's death

By COLLEEN LONG The Associated Press NEW YORK -- While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. The 81-year-old comedian and star of "Fashion Police" on E! died Sept. 4, days after she went in for a routine endoscopy at Yorkville ...

Sam Smith nabbed for Petty larceny

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit "Stay With Me" for its similarities to his song "I Won't Back Down." Smith's representative said Monday the publishers of Petty's 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith's song, which was one of last year's biggest hits. Smith and "Stay With Me" writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty's song, written with Jeff Lynne. "Althou ...

'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring after SAG win

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood." Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. B ...

'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

By DERRIK J. LANG The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. "American Sniper" is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film ...
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