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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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Raiders hit break with confidence

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Fulton-Montgomery Community College men's basketball coach Ed Collar may not have a single superstar on his roster, but while he doesn't always know exactly who he'll be looking at to make a major contribution each ga ...
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Five games in the spotlight on frantic Friday of hoops

Welcome, one and all, to the inaugural edition of my Friday Five, a weekly look at the best of the upcoming Friday night slate in local boys and girls high school basketball. Friday is a night of insanity on local high school courts, and since it's t ...

Jaguars hold off Titans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jordan Todman juked one defender and stiff-armed another on his way to a 62-yard touchdown run that helped the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 21-13 on Thursday night. Todman's first carry was the biggest p ...

Syracuse regroups behind its veterans

SYRACUSE (AP) -- Trevor Cooney has given Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim something his Orange desperately needed -- a solid game. The redshirt junior guard from Delaware scored a season-high 25 points on Sunday evening and assisted on senior Rakeem Chri ...


Joanne Christman

December 16, 2014 Joanne Christman, age 69, of Ephratah, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Kindred Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was born on May 30, 1945 in Canajoharie, a daughter of the late John and Frances Jennings. Jo ...

Mary Catherine "Kitty" Horigan Boscherini

December 18, 2014 Mary Catherine "Kitty" Horigan Boscherini, of Cumberland Maine, passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and three children. Beloved wife of Richard, devoted mother of Christopher, Patrick, and Richard. She is also surv ...

John J. Pacukonas

December 17, 2014 John J. Pacukonas, 67, of Fort Plain passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Mary's hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born October 5 1947 in Paterson, NJ he was the son of the late Joseph and Pauline ...

Robert W. Argersinger

November 20, 2014 Robert W. Argersinger, 72, of North Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland, FL, passed away at his home on November 20, 2014. Born June 2, 1942 in Amsterdam, NY he was the son of the late Wilson and Dorothy Carter Argersinger. He lived ...


Film review: 'Interview' deserves to be seen

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce. As of this morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its planned release due to terrorist threats by hackers said to be connected to North Korea. The movie's prospects of ever seeing the light of day are ...

CBS dominates prime time Top 20 ratings

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Football handed NBC the week's most-watched broadcast, but CBS was the most-watched network overall in prime time. The NFL faceoff between Dallas and Philadelphia brought more than 24 million viewers to NBC. But CBS could claim 13 of the week's Top 20 programs, according to the Nielsen ratings company. These included the holiday classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (ranked 11th place) and the a ...

It's not easy being the boss of The Boss

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut -- appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy "Lilyhammer." (Springsteen also briefly appeared in the 2000 film "High Fidelity," but as himself rather than in an acting role). He says he was honored t ...

A sweet 'Night at the Museum' bids farewell to Robin Williams

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams' Teddy Roosevelt in the latest "Night at the Museum." The movie, subtitled "Secret of the Tomb," is imbued with the unshakable inevitability that even though we're still having fun, it's time to move on--a narrative made only more poignant by Williams's sudden and shocking death earlier this year. It's hard not to concentrate on his ...
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