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Paul Antonelli


Paul is a graduate of SUNY Albany, and is a 10-time award winner of the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association and a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors. Antonelli covered 44 of Mike Tyson's 56 professional fights and was one of just five American journalists to cover Tyson's stunning loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. His Tyson stories appeared nationally (USA Today) as well as in some of the top publications internationally.

Antonelli was a long-time beat writer for the New York Giants, covering Super Bowl XXV and also spent three years covering the New York Knicks, including the team's appearance in the 1994 NBA Finals.

Antonelli lives in Amsterdam and is married with two children. He can be reached via email at

Adam Shinder


Adam Shinder has been covering sports at the Recorder since September 2008.

A native of Holland, Pa., Adam is a 2007 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University with B.S. in Newspaper. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 and 2009-10 New York News Publishers Association award for Outstanding Sports Writing.

Adam can be reached via email at


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George W. "Bud" Fiebka

August 21, 2015 George W. Fiebka, 93, of Dairy Hill Road, Salisbury Center, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 21, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam. Born March 25, 1922 in Amsterdam, N.Y. he was the son of the Late George J. ...

Antonella Cassella

August 24, 2015 Antonella Cassella (also known as Bossy), of Perth, passed away at the young age of 39. A life-long resident of Perth, Antonella was the proud owner and chef of Nicolino's Restaurant and Vino/Wine Bar. Born in Amsterdam, Antone ...

Delos A. Frasier

August 27, 2015 Delos A. Frasier, 83, of Route 162, Sprakers, passed away early Thursday morning, Aug. 27, at Palatine Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born Aug. 13, 1932, in Little Falls, he was the son of Miles Frasier ...

Nellie S. Bieniek

August 26, 2015 Nellie S. Bieniek, 94, of Old Route 67, West Charlton, and formerly of Brandt Avenue, Fort Johnson, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Healthcare. Born Aug. 17, 1921, in West Charlton, she was the daughter of John and Jadwig ...


Main Street

(Today's guest columnist, Wilbur H. Lynch, Superintendent of Schools, makes seasonal comment on the re-opening of our schools within a short time, and the important part played by teachers in our educational system.) Labor Day is looming large o ...

Letters to the editor

Farmland is under siege To the editor: It would be premature to construe the statements issuing from our county legislators as a death knell for the plan of a new connector highway to the Johnstown Industrial Park. Cautious optimism would not b ...

Main Street

(Harold J. Mallia, Amsterdam contributor to Nation's Business, the Fairchild Publications, Keystone, and other trade magazines, and writer of short fiction for syndicates, is today's guest columnist. He gives his impressions of the writing "racket.") ...

City is thirsty for the truth

By ANN THANE For The Recorder In response to the editorial scripted on behalf of The Recorder of Aug. 20, I offer the following observations: I think it very odd for a political candidate to editorialize on behalf of our local newspaper. A l ...


Goodyear retiring its blimps and firing up new cigar-shaped craft

By JOHN ROGERS and JAE C. HONG The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won't be, well, technically, a blimp. But that's OK, too, because from the ground it won ...

AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' sets cable record

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The new "Fear the Walking Dead," which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a cable network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs. An estimated 10.13 million people watched the premiere Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. The well-reviewed series is set in a different location and different time than "The Walking Dead." The previous record-holder for top cable se ...

Three to get honorary Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are the season's first Oscar winners. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the filmmaker and two actresses will receive honorary Academy Awards Nov. 14 at its annual Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Lee and Rowlands will receive honorary Oscars for their career achievements. Each has two previous nominations. Lee's came for his origina ...

'Z for Zachariah' a drama about the last three people left on Earth

By TODD McCARTHY The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in "Z for Zachariah," a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female emotional dynamics. Set in a remote valley spared from radioactive contamination after a presumed global catastrophe, the film from director Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn't sufficientl ...
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