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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.


Fitzgerald optimistic he'll play

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald said it's "highly likely" he will be able to play Sunday against Atlanta, then backtracked and said it's not his call. The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has not practiced for two weeks after sprai ...

Aussie cricketers take time after Hughes dies

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Tragedy brings reflection, and the death of Phillip Hughes from a short-pitched ball during a cricket match in Sydney makes the following example strikingly strident. Promotional literature for an Australian men's magazi ...
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Sherman's big night leads Seahawks past 49ers again

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- At midfield, Richard Sherman cradled a game ball in his right hand and took a chomp out of a turkey leg with his left. Seattle's do-everything, unguarded cornerback certainly earned his postgame feast after a two-interce ...
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Pele says 'nothing serious' with him, doing OK

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears Thursday that his health deteriorated even though a hospital said he was in intensive care and undergoing renal support treatment. The 74-year-old Pele used his Twitt ...


Patricia Ann Bracchi

Patricia Ann Bracchi November 24, 2014 Patricia Ann Bracchi, 80, of Division Street, Amsterdam, NY; passed away Monday morning November 24, 2014 at River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam. Funeral services will be held Saturday November 29, 2 ...

William Bierman November 25, 2014 Mr. Olin William Bierman, 73, of State Street, Fort Plain, New York died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family and friends, following a long battle with cancer. Born on October 5, 194 ...

Stefanie Schultz

November 24, 2014 Stefanie Schultz, 80 of Astoria, New York died Monday, November 24, 2014 at The Haven at Bellevue Hospice, New York, NY with her loving family by her side. Born August 26, 1934 in Bermomet, Romania she was the daughter of Jos ...

Carolyn B. Primer

November 23, 2014 Carolyn B. Primer, 74, of Earlville Rd., passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica. She was born July 6, 1940 in Gloversville, NY a daughter of Lester E. and Mary Ellen Gherring Barker. ...


U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

By LARRY NEUMEISTER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how Americans celebrated: A MACY'S DAY SUCCESS Heavy security including bomb-s ...

Benedict Cumberbatch shines as World War II codebreaker

By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press 'Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had "The Theory of Everything," starring Eddie Redmayne as the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking. And now we have Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" as Alan Turing, the man chiefly responsible for cracking the vaunt ...

Longevity, icon status get old toys into hall of fame

By CAROLYN THOMPSON The Associated Press ROCHESTER -- Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement. This year, bubbles, little green army men and the Rubik's Cube took their place alongside past winners including Monopoly and Silly Putty. But is the road to such playtime immortality really all fun and games? According to the judges, well, ...

Rough week for Fox in Nielsen ratings

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- If Fox launches a comeback over the next couple of years, the network may very well look upon the week before Thanksgiving 2014 as its low point. The struggling network finished fifth in prime-time viewership behind Spanish-language network Univision, which was boosted by coverage of the Latin Grammy Awards last week. The highest-ranked Fox show in the Nielsen company's weekly ratings was the "Bat ...
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