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Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 17, 2017.

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Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed an omnibus healthcare reform bill to lower costs, improve patient care, and maintain access to healthcare. One amendment added by State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, was based on pending legislation in the House to help volunteer ambulance services in rural communities. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Representative Paul Mark of the 2rd Berkshire state House District, who authored the legislation.

In the new film “Lady Bird,” Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson - played by Saoirse Ronan - fights against but is exactly like her deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job.

Saoirse Ronan is a two-time Academy Award nominee; receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Atonement,” and a Best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” “Lady Bird” was written and directed by Greta Gerwig has already been named one of the best films of the year. It opens locally today. 

     The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted earlier this week to authorize the city to borrow more than $12.5 million to pay for construction projects and equipment purchases.  But a delay in authorizing city funds to improve a park drew the ire of the mayor.

Stone barn at Hancock Shaker Village
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum - marrying past and present, proving with every addition to its programming that it is becoming a vibrant, new center for ideas, music, art, food, outdoor activities, and adventure.

The Village, which was settled in 1783, became a museum in 1960, just one year after the last Shakers left. Contained within its 20 historic buildings and 750 acres that sprawl across three towns is the only round Shaker barn in the world that was built in 1826. 

Jennifer Trainer Thompson, who spent the last 28 years helping to co-found and develop MASS MoCA in the Berkshires, took over as president of Hancock Shaker Village in January 2017. Jennifer joins us along with the village’s curator Lesley Herzberg and farmer Billy Mangiardi. 

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is a musical by Rupert Holmes for which he received Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score in 1986. The show, then called “Drood” also won Best Musical that year.

Based on Charles Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery, the show stops just before the murderer is revealed and at each performance the audience decides who “done it.”

Rupert Holmes has adapted the script into a new quick and hilarious 90 minute version. The new version will be presented at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY with a further adjustment by Holmes for the action of the play to be set at Hubbard Hall.

Performances begin tonight and we are joined now by composer/playwright/lyricist Rupert Holmes and Executive & Artistic Director of the Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education David Andrew Snider.

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The City of Schenectady has opened its first senior center since the closure of its former location more than a decade ago. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the grand opening on Thursday.

Developments far from Washington could influence the makeup of the U.S. Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Senior editor of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call David Hawkings wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Listener Essay - Polio Pioneer

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After retiring from Berkshire Farm Center, Leona Scarpinato was a volunteer at the National Archives in Pittsfield, where she assisted others in researching their family histories. She lives in Columbia County where she writes about memories of her own life, as well as stories of her ancestors, for her children and future generations.

Polio Pioneer

It was not unusual for a child growing up in the early nineteen fifties, to get measles, German measles, mumps or chickenpox. Before the advent of vaccines, it was assumed that children would get these childhood diseases and many healthy children were deliberately exposed to sick children to get the disease while they were young.

But there was one childhood disease that was feared by parents and that was polio, also known as infantile paralysis, since the virus mostly struck young children.

I enjoyed school and I looked forward to the new things I would learn. Near the end of the school year, my thoughts were more of summer fun than schoolwork; as I looked forward to carefree summer days, picnics in the park, swimming at the town beach, and riding my bike with friends. We spent the days outside from morning till suppertime, ate quickly and went outside again to watch the arrival of lightning bugs as it started to get dark.

Reed Tucker is a freelance journalist and writer and has lived in New York since 1999. He writes mostly about pop culture and entertainment, most recently as a staff features writer at the New York Post.

In his new book "Slugfest: Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC" he chronicles the history of this epic rivalry.

11/17/17 Panel

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     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Corporate Attorney Rich Honen and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the house passing the GOP tax reform bill, whether or not it will pass the senate, and the military coup in Zimbabwe.

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MLB-NEWS-AL MVP

Jose Altuve is the 2017 American League MVP. The Houston Astros infielder beat out New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for the award by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Samantha Wood of the Berkshire Eagles about the Museum art sale, a rescinded Walmart plan, and the death of a Berkshire Eagle reporter.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly sunny, breezy and cool today.  Highs in the lower 40s.

Clear this evening, then increasing clouds overnight.  Lows in the lower 20s.

Thickening clouds tomorrow morning with rain developing during the afternoon.  High in the mid 40s.

A new homeless shelter has opened for the winter in Vermont's capital city.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he doesn't believe the U.S. Justice Department has done its homework by asking the state if it is complying with a federal law that requires the sharing of information about immigration enforcement.

Westchester County Exec Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

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Fresh off his re-election loss to Democratic state Senator George Latimer, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is dropping his two lawsuits over the closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant.

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A new report on poverty issued by United Way takes a fresh look at who is living in poverty in the U.S.  The ALICE report was the focus of a forum at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh this week.

Jessica Wisneski of Citizen Action, speaks out against the house tax bill at a protest at the NY state Capitol Thursday
Karen DeWitt

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

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Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy John Brown died suddenly while on a training run Sunday. He was 45.  Services are being held throughout the day Friday.   WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Michael Zurlo about the loss of his deputy.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

21 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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Thanksgiving is next week, and summer in the Berkshires is all but a distant memory. But the Boston Symphony Orchestra released its plans today for the 2018 season at its summer home in Lenox. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Tanglewood Director Tony Fogg, who says it’s a year to celebrate.

(Airs 11/16/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

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Is your vehicle ready for winter? Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Inc. – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

(Airs 11/16/17 @ 1p.m.) – Today features an encore Power of Words. WAMC's Alan Chartock and Lou Cannon, Reagan biographer, columnist, and award-winning reporter set the scene and provide context and analysis of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered on January 20th, 1981.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 16, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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Author, rock music aficionado, Western Massachusetts historian, and 31-year Berkshire Eagle journalist Derek Gentile is being remembered warmly this week after he died Sunday. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran about Gentile’s work and impact on the community.

Listener Essay - Breaking News

Nov 16, 2017

Elisabeth Grace is a retired clinical social worker with English and Scottish roots, who shares her home in Columbia County with a demanding blue-eyed cat and a newcomer, a little brown dog named Lilah.

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Making a lemon meringue pie from scratch is labor intensive. I need a special occasion to embark on it, like a Thanksgiving dinner or a significant birthday, so when I was invited to the party planned to celebrate two special birthdays one day last summer, I asked one of the two hostesses, wife of one of the birthday boys, if such a pie would be acceptable. “One of my favorites!” she responded enthusiastically.

The red and white checquered cook-book fell open at page 311, as if I made lemon meringue pies every day. I scanned the ingredients, checked what I was missing and went to the supermarket the following day to buy frozen pie-shells (I'm not a purist) and pick out three perfect lemons.

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