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Kevin Mattison


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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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Red-hot New York takes NL East lead

MIAMI (AP) -- The New York Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes last week, hoping he would be a big hit in the middle of their lineup. On Monday night, he helped them slug their way into first place. Cespedes hit three doubles and drove in four runs, leadin ...
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DiamondDawgs eliminate Mohawks with 5-1 victory in Game 3 at Shuttleworth

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder When it was done, there were hugs being exchanged in front of both dugouts at Shuttleworth Park -- but of vastly different varieties. In front of the third-base dugout, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs exchanged elated ...

Amsterdam Fall registration slated at Isabel's Field

The Amsterdam Youth Baseball League will hold registration beginning Thursday at Isabel's Field from 5-7 p.m. at the concession stand. The new synthetic turf is scheduled for completion before Labor Day with the season scheduled to start on Monday, ...

Giants GM Reese speaks with Pierre-Paul

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants finally have spoken with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about his injuries. Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Monday morning in a radio interview that "it was a personal conversation, and I w ...


Eleanor P. Wills

July 31, 2015 Mrs. Eleanor P. Wills, 87, of Slater Street, Amsterdam died Friday, July 31. Born in Amsterdam June 18, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Prokop and Apolonia Slezak Piech. A lifelong area resident, Eleanor attended local sch ...
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Joel G. Kaplan

August 3, 2015 Mr. Joel G. Kaplan, 94, of Phillips Street, Amsterdam, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 3. Born in New York City July 6, 1921, he was the son of the late Jacob and Mary Podelsky Kaplan. Joel attended local schools and went on to gradu ...

Terry M. Cannizzaro

August 1, 2015 Terry M. Cannizzaro, 38, of Route 132, Hagaman, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Aug. 1, following a courageous battle with cancer with his loving family at his side. Born in Schenectady April 28, 1977, he was a son of ...
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Genevieve A. Williams

August 3, 2015 Mrs. Genevieve A. Williams, 95, of McKinley Road, Palatine Bridge, died early Monday morning, Aug. 3. Born July 11, 1920, in Little Falls, she was the daughter of John Dillon and Agnes Starin Dillon. She was a graduate of Fort P ...


Schumer cousins, Amy & Chuck, make plea for better gun control

By DAVID B. CARUSO The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck," and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. "I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy," she said at a news conference at the senator's office in New York. "People say, 'Well, you're never ...
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Investigation Discovery can get you hooked on crime

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Henry Schleiff wants to simplify your life. He wants to school you in life lessons. He wants to hook you on crime. As a group president at Discovery Communications, Schleiff is boss of Investigation Discovery, or ID for short, a network whose motto might be: "Where bad things happen to good (or hapless or downright clueless) people." ID is awash with real-life tales of greed, passion and outr ...

Entertainment news in brief

Dr. Dre announces first album in 15 years PHOENIX (AP) -- Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over -- he's going to release his first album in 15 years. Dre said on his radio show, Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy, that "Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be available Aug. 7. He said Saturday that the album was inspired by the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," a Hollywood film that details his rise in the music industry along with ...

At 93, TV producer Lear seeks to keep pushing boundaries

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Veteran TV producer Norman Lear of "All in the Family" fame is looking ahead to his next groundbreaking series. Lear, 93, told a TV critics' meeting Saturday that he's working on a Hispanic version of his single-parent comedy "One Day at a Time." "I love the idea because I don't see enough of that representation on the air," said Lear, who is the subject of a PBS' "American Masters" documentary planned for 2016. The orig ...
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