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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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Mohawks tie franchise record with 35th victory

By MICHAEL KELLY With a 6-4 victory against the Adirondack Trail Blazers Monday at Shuttleworth Park, the Amsterdam Mohawks picked up a milestone win on a rainy night. On the strength of a strong pitching performance fr ...
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Foothills AAU squad competes on national stage

By MICHAEL KELLY The results from their first foray onto the national scene did not overwhelm, but the members of the Foothills Hoop Club eighth-grade girls AAU basketball team are known for their resilience. When the m ...
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Yanks falter with bigger dose of Yu

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The New York Yankees got a bigger dose of Yu Darvish this time. That was fine for Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter, but the rest of the Yankees hitters struggled against the Texas ace in their third loss in a row, 4-2 on Mond ...
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Manningham back with Giants, with no guarantees

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Mario Manningham attended his first NFL training camp in 2008 as a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants, basically secured of his place on the team's opening day roster. Six years later, Manningham is back in ...


Linda M. Graff Ruback

July 26, 2014 Linda M. Graff Ruback, 62, passed away Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital with her loving family at her side. Born in Amsterdam on Sept. 1, 1951 she was the daughter of the late Walter and Jean Murray Graff and a 1969 graduate ...

Joan M. Downey

July 26, 2014 Joan M. Downey, 61, of Stonegate Drive, Rensselaer, NY; passed away Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2014 at home, with her loving family by her side. Born in Amsterdam, NY; on January 11, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Matth ...

John E. Bloomer Jr.

July 23, 2014 John E. Bloomer, Jr., of State Highway 162, Esperance, NY, passed away peacefully at the Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, NY. Born September 21, 1929 in Cooperstown, New York he was the son of the late J. Emory and Wilma Curry Bloom ...

Wayne L. Kramer

July 25, 2014 Mr. Wayne L. Kramer, age 70, a longtime resident of St. Johnsville, NY, passed away peacefully early Friday morning July 25, 2014 at the Wells Nursing Home facility in Johnstown, NY. He was born on August 15, 1943 in Little Fall ...


Entertainment news in brief

Ronstadt gets answer to the question WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?" The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in the day." The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn't make it to her induction to the Rock and ...

Reality television is not skimping on the reality

NEW YORK (AP) -- A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination. The "Dating Naked" series is the latest example of reality television's newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery's "Naked and Afraid," where a man and woman who don't know each other fen ...

Scarlett Johansson crushes The Rock

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and produced by Paramount Pictures and ...

Sarah Palin has a channel ... no, really

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page. "Are you tired of the media filters?" she asks. "Well, I am. I always have bee ...
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