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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.


Late surge lifts Patriots soccer

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder BROADALBIN -- Ryan Dingman could sense his high school soccer career slipping away. Already stunned by a first-half Mechanicville goal that came complete against B-P's domination of the run of play and left the Patrio ...
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Area football teams ready for sectionals

By MICHAEL KELLY and ADAM SHINDER Recorder Sports Staff At last, at long last -- the Section II football playoffs are here. As a bonus, two marquee games are at local venues, with Gloversville visiting Amsterdam in Class A, and Broadalbin-Perth playi ...

Poffo to sign at PWHF

Professional wrestler Lanny "The Genius" Poffo will sign autographs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame on East Main Street. Poffo is the younger brother of the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Autographs will ...
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Lady Panthers cruise into quarterfinals

MAYFIELD -- Last year's runner-up in the Section II Class D girls volleyball tournament, the Mayfield Lady Panthers had no problem advancing Thursday to next week's quarterfinals. No. 5 Mayfield was a 3-0 winner against No. 12 Germantown, 25-8, 25- ...


Patricia J. Loucks

October 22, 2014 Patricia J. Loucks, 55, of Arnold Avenue, Amsterdam, NY, passed away Wednesday morning October 22, 2014 at home. Born in Rahway, New Jersey on September 25, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Audrey Nickerson K ...

Hazel L. Dean

October 21, 2014 Mrs. Hazel Louise (Warn) Dean of Palatine Bridge died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Albany Medical Center following a sudden illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Elvin (Happy) Dean in 2006 and her son, Robert Leslie D ...

Cleora M. Merry

October 20, 2014 Cleora M. Merry, 95, of Perth passed away peacefully on October 20, 2014 at the E.L. Wilkinson Nursing Home. Born in the Town of Perth on March 16, 1919, she is the daughter of the late Lloyal and Jennie Adams Miller. ...

Henry R. Hinkel

October 19, 2014 Henry R. Hinkel, 79, of Amsterdam, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a brief illness. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:15A.M. at O ...


AP Music Review

Little Big Town "Pain Killer" (Capitol Nashville) How do the four vocalists of Little Big Town respond to the platinum success of the group's most rewarded album, 2012's "Tornado?" Certainly not by playing it safe. On their sixth album, "Pain Killer," Little Big Town -- Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook -- experiment endlessly with harmonies, arrangements, loops and sound effects. The whistles, odd beats and ...

The Associated Press Book Reviews

"Gray Mountain" (Doubleday) by John Grisham John Grisham has been writing legal thrillers and dramas that resonate with readers for almost 25 years, and his latest continues the theme of ordinary people who work in the law profession experiencing a crisis of conscience. Sometimes following the letter of the law might not feel morally just, and that conflict within the person having to confront the issue head-on has propelled Grisham to the top ...

'Laggies' a welcome alternative to the familiar man-child movie

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low production value. She has made a specialty out of deconstructing sitcom-y setups: two pals trying to follow through on a dare to make a gay porno ("Humpday"); a man betwixt two interested sisters, one of them a lesbian, in a remote cabin ("Your Sister's Sister"). Instead of heightening the broad potential of such stories, she plays ...

'John Wick' a revenge thriller that sets itself for follow-ups

By JUSTIN LOWE The Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES -- In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves' Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on "John Wick," a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular action debut. After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the film extremely well for any potential follow-ups. With much of ...
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