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  Peter Martins first joined the New York City Ballet in 1970, having already achieved international fame with the Royal Danish Ballet. His career in New York saw him move from Principal Dancer to his current position as Ballet Master-in-Chief.

Martins most popular performances as a dancer include Apollo and as the Cavalier in mentor George Balanchine’s Nutcracker. His contributions as a world renowned choreographer include Calcium Light Night, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.

Martins has accompanied the Ballet on their annual summer journey up to Saratoga, and has taken the time to speak with us this morning.

Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein joins Pittsfield’s Open Space and Natural Resource Manager Jim McGrath Wednesday at Pittsfield City Hall.
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A statewide environmental group has recognized a number of western Massachusetts cities as clean energy leaders. Environment Massachusetts is recognizing about 15 communities for leading the way toward 100 percent renewable energy.

  Andrews Sill is the Associate Music Director of New York City Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet in the spring of 2009 and served as Interim Music Director from 2012 to 2015. He also serves as Music Director of Milwaukee Ballet.

Andrews was just fifteen years old when he was accepted as a conducting and piano student at Yale University, where received his bachelor’s degree with honors. He continued his education under scholarship and fellowship awards from the Manhattan School of Music, earning his doctorate in 1987.

He will be conducting A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Gala program of Contemporary works on Saturday night.

Justin Peck
New York Times

  Justin Peck is a Soloist and the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He has created more than 25 works for a range of companies including New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Miami City Ballet.

In 2011, NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins designated Justin to receive New York Choreographic Institute’s first year-long choreographic residency. Peck was named New York City Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, the second in the Company’s history, in July of 2014.

His latest work Scherzo Fantastique will premiere here at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday Night for SPAC’s 50th. It will be his 11th work for the Company.

  Taylor Stanley has danced at SPAC before. But, this summer marks his first performances in Saratoga as a Principal dancer.

In September 2009, Taylor became an apprentice with NYCB, and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet a year later. He was promoted to soloist in 2013 and to principal dancer in May of this year.

He will be performing a principal role in Justin Peck’s SPAC World Premiere Scherzo Fantastique which will be performed this Saturday Night as part of the Anniversary Gala. Taylor will also perform in Balanchine’s Jewels presented twice next week.

Marcia White
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  Marcia White, in a former life was a nurse and political aide, but for the past 12 seasons – she has been SPAC’s president and executive director.

In February of this year – she announced that this 50th Anniversary season – would be her last and she will retire at its conclusion. Marcia was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005 and is credited for leading major renovations, bringing the facility out of the red and maintaining SPAC’s classical offerings.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Republican National Convention last night.

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

WAMC's David Guistina talks to Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta about Sunday's baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Vassar President To Leave Earlier Than Planned

Jul 21, 2016
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The president of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, who announced in March she would conclude her presidency in June 2017, is leaving earlier.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 21, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Mostly sunny and warmer today.  Highs in the upper 80's.

Partly cloudy tonight.  Lows in the mid 60's.

Partly sunny tomorrow with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the upper 80's.

 

Vermont officials say suspected cancer causing chemicals have been found in groundwater at a closed landfill in Shaftsbury.

MLB:

There's been at change at the top of the American League East standings. Boston is on top, Baltimore drops a half-game behind and the New York Yankees are two games over .500 for the first time since April. To usher in the change, the Yankees blanked Baltimore 5-0, Seattle edged the White Sox 6-5 in 11 innings, the Angels won against Texas 7-4, Houston shut out Oakland 7-0, Cleveland beat Kansas City 11-4, and it was Minnesota over Detroit 4-1.

Being a teacher means mastering quite a few disciplines. Communication, innovation, empathy and you may not have thought of this one…ethics. In fact, educators come across ethical dilemmas almost every day…and how they deal with them affects students in profound ways. Not to mention themselves.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the co-author of a new book on educational ethics.

We’ll also spend an academic minute seeing if lapses in ethics can be blamed on your hormones.

Scott Milne
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The Pomfret businessman who almost beat the incumbent Vermont governor two years ago is heading into an even bigger race this season, hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.

Moran Plant
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Officials say plans to redevelop the former Moran coal plant in Burlington, Vermont, may be in jeopardy.

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“This is the Karista Spring. Cheers!”

Steve Miller will tell you that each well in Saratoga Springs has its own taste and its own sound. Miller is president of the Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park, which has been working within the community to breathe new life into the springs that were all the rage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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In February, a proposed zoning amendment to build an expansion onto Saratoga Hospital failed after two recusals from City Council members: John Franck, Commissioner of Accounts, and Mayor Joanne Yepsen. Yepsen has worked in the past as a fundraising consultant for the hospital, and Franck, a CPA by trade, has worked with private clients in the affected neighborhood.

Because of a successful petition filed by neighbors against the hospital expansion, the zoning amendment would require a vote of at least 4 to 1.

Adirondack Park sign
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Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.  In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.

Springfield Police Dept

A 39-year-old New York man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after authorities found large amounts of drugs and nearly $300,000 in cash stashed around his rural upstate property.

Large pile of hazardous waste barrels - some with smiley faces on the round end
Eric Timothy Carlson

New York State is launching an investigation into the working conditions of employees in the dry cleaning industry.

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
http://www.kindermorgan.com/content/docs/Connprojectmap.pdf

Pipeline opponents and affected landowners are appealing a state water quality certificate granted for a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct
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A federally-funded study estimates it would cost $1.2 billion to add more frequent high-speed passenger rail service linking Boston, Springfield, Montreal and New Haven.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 20, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Annie Golden of Broadway Bounty Hunter performs at Barrington Stage Company's new headquarters.
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A decade after moving to Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company continues to expand its footprint in the city.

Facebook: BerkshireWorks Career Center

There’s an optimistic outlook on the job market these days, with unemployment rates at lower levels. That’s great news for those of us who are looking for jobs. But that’s only half the story of getting a job. The other half is landing it, and that requires resumes, interview skills and branding yourself. Bob Frederick, director of Career and Transfer Services at Schenectady County Community College, and Anita DeCianni Brown, collegewide career development coordinator at SUNY Empire State College here to answer your questions.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
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In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons. The Democrat says her office has sent notices and offered direction to the 350 gun dealers in the state about weapons she says gun manufacturers alter and market as Massachusetts compliant.

  By the end of the year, a new newspaper will be in the Capital District, both in print and on-line. The Daily Gazette, Proctors Theater in Schenectady and Overit Media of Albany are part of the new venture called The Alt. The president and publisher of the Daily Gazette, John DeAugustine, spoke with WAMC.

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