Ralph Gardner Jr: A Master Gardener Offers His Diagnosis

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Master Gardener Gerry Weber at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties
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When my brothers and I were born my grandmother planted spruce trees for each of us on the front lawn of the house that has now passed down to me.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for September 23, 2017.

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A U.S. trade panel has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The unanimous vote Friday by the International Trade Commission sets up the possibility that the Trump administration will impose tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad.

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A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s lawsuits against New York officials and others over a deal to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant will be heard in Westchester.

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As controversy has swirled around a Pittsfield museum’s plan to sell parts of its permanent collection to fund a multi-million dollar expansion and future vision, a local state representative is supporting the institution’s leadership.


A state task force on drinking water quality will begin addressing emerging contaminants and issues in New York communities.


Ambulance services in Williamstown and adjacent North Adams, Massachusetts plan to merge. 

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New York taxpayers may pay more than $700,000 to cover the legal bills of a former state lawmaker whose conviction on charges of lying to the FBI was vacated after his death.

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Steps are being taken to turn the Connecticut home of artist Jasper Johns into a studio retreat. 

The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Andrew Cuomo taking steps to protect consumers from massive data breaches, WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock in conversation with New York State GOP Chair Ed Cox who was just re-elected head of the state Republican party, and New York state mandates county government's find ways to consolidate.

Prosecutors say no charges will be filed in the drowning death of a Vermont toddler who was in foster care.

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During her tour of northern Berkshire County Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey visited a new construction firm in North Adams that has tapped into the “tiny house” market. 

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Ground has been broken on a project aimed at providing housing for homeless veterans in central New York.

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The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has triggered a series of rallies across New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended one in downtown Albany today, hours before Arizona Sen. John McCain announced he’s opposing the Graham-Cassidy bill...

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Saratoga Springs will be the focus of a new television series being produced by C-Span. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more details on the program featuring a city known for health, history and horses.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 22, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 22, 2017.

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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.

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Since credit reporting agency Equifax acknowledged a data breach during which hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans, New York’s governor and at least one state legislator have proposed tighter regulations to protect and empower consumers. Now, a trade group whose member companies include Equifax is responding.


Today marks the start of Autumn so this Food Friday is all about apples and cider. Sue Goold Miller of Goold Orchards in Castleton, NY and a member of the New York Apple Association, along with Alan Sax of Franklin County Cider Days are in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Rogovoy Report 9/22/17

Sep 22, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include chamber music; mystical jazz; classical Russian music; a punk-rock memoir; multimedia performances; folk music; theater; and a whole lot more.

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Let's hear it for - and from - our listeners!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Area residents are getting together for a rally, walk and vigil to raise awareness of opioid addiction and recovery Saturday in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Puerto Rico Friday, assessing damage after Hurricane Maria, and bringing some initial supplies to the island. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK Airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 22, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 22, 2017.

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  Berkshire Medical Center nurses say they intend to strike in October after submitting a 10-day notice to the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital Friday.

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So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st district Congressional race.  Among them is Emily Martz of Saranac Lake.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she began her career in financial services working at Prudential Insurance, Putnam Investments and The Hartford.  She then went on to teach at the University of Delaware and Paul Smith’s College.  She resigned her position at the Adirondack North Country Association this summer to run for Congress.  She says she’s running because she cares about  the people of the district.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to New Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race. Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

National Voter Registration Day is on Tuesday, September 26th this year. Organizations all over the state will be participating in the event day by holding voter registration drives. 

The League of Women Voters operates a non-partisan electronic ballot website The ballot site provides non-partisan election information about all the candidates New Yorkers will be voting on in November.

We welcome Jennifer Wilson - Program and Policy Director for The League of Women Voters of New York State and Kathy Koebrich from the Saratoga League and Patricia Sibilia of the Albany League. 

In addition to providing critical support to a wide range of artists, Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts welcomes audiences of all experience levels into the inner world of the contemporary performing arts, giving them opportunities to witness the creation, as well as the performance, of new work. 

Each year in Catskill, Lumberyard will present a summer season consisting of premiere and work-in-progress performances by celebrated professional artists and companies, serving residents and attracting tourists from across New York and beyond. From October through April, the facility will be available for collaborative residencies; subsidized and commercial rentals; and community programming.

Lumberyard’s End of Summer Shindig is tomorrow and will feature performance excerpts from Urban Bush Women’s new work SCAT! featuring composer/performer Craig Harris; bluegrass music by Steve Lutke and Appalachian Uprising; American Glory BBQ; beer by Rip Van Winkle Brewery, wine, gifts, and more.

Adrienne Willis is Executive and Artistic Director of Lumberyard.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of conversations about quoting, sampling, borrowing in music.