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Rockwell Kent was a writer, illustrator, printmaker, painter, ceramicist, adventurer, and more who traveled to remote destinations around the world. He settled down in the Adirondacks and was a controversial figure, accused of being a socialist during the McCarthy era, but managed a successful art career in metropolitan areas despite living in the North Country.

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York currently has two Kent exhibitions on view: "The Prints of Rockwell Kent: Selections from the Ralf C. Nemec Collection" which features fifty-four images from the largest collection of Kent prints in the world. It also includes a selection of rare ceramics by Kent. The second exhibit is: "A Life and Art of His Own: The Paintings of Rockwell Kent from North Country Collections," a collection of paintings organized by Adirondack Experience director emerita Caroline Welsh, drawn from the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum and private collections.

The exhibits are on view through July 22nd. The Hyde’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming Jonathan Canning joins us.

Longtime Glens Falls newspaper writer Maury Thompson retired last fall after 21 years at the Post-Star. Now, at age 59, he’s beginning a new chapter as a freelance writer and is working on a book about Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, who was not only revered for his lengthy political career, but also for his facial hair.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with Thompson at a recent event in Glens Falls. He asked Thompson how his latest project compares to his work over the last two decades.

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In the week following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, members of the administration are fanning out across New York to deliver smaller, regional presentations of the Democrat’s priorities for 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one in Glens Falls this morning.

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Restaurant workers are planning to rally Monday against a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the elimination of tip credits in New York.

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The next group of leaders in the City of Glens Falls has been chosen. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrats and Republicans are pledging cooperation.

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Democrat Dan Hall has won the race for mayor of Glens Falls, NY. Hall won with a resounding majority, garnering 64.67 percent of the vote. Hall was elected with 1,911 more votes than Republican Tim Guy.

"Smile! You're on Candid Camera!" Over eight different decades, nearly everyone who watches TV can happily relate to that phrase. Now Peter Funt, the show’s host, brings it to life in a show featuring clips, quips and great fun! “Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt,” is coming to the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, NY. The stage comedy is blended with a behind-the-scenes peek at the show’s funniest moments.

Created by Peter’s father, Allen Funt, "Candid Camera" is the only entertainment program to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades – from Allen’s start on TV in August, 1948, through Peter’s run on TV Land last year.

Using "Candid Camera’s" vast library, Peter showcases decades of fun and reveals what happened when the cameras weren’t rolling. Peter Funt joins us.

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Three candidates are running for the open mayor’s seat in Glens Falls. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has a preview of the race that culminates on Election Day Tuesday.

The current exhibition at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY is entitled A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. It opened to the public Sunday, October 8, and runs through Sunday, December 31.

It features works of art from the respected collection of Barbara Gordon, one of the country’s prominent collectors of folk art. A Shared Legacy celebrates folk art traditions in rural areas of New England, the South, and the Midwest between 1800 and 1925. The exhibition is on a national tour that included stops at the American Folk Art Museum, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, and Cincinnati Art Museum.

It includes more than sixty works, including paintings (still life, portrait, and landscape), sculpture, furniture, and decorative art. Much of the art was created by self-taught artists and artists, or those who had minimal formal training. 

The Hyde Collection’s Interim Director Anne Saile and head of Museum Education Jenny Hutchinson join us. 

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New York state has launched a new effort to examine cancer trends.

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Calling hours will be held Thursday afternoon for a longtime professional hockey announcer from Glens Falls.

Dave Strader died Sunday after a 16-month battle with cancer.

A legendary coach for the Adirondack Red Wings who led the former Glens Falls hockey team to two Calder Cup championships was celebrated today. Bill Dineen, who died at 84 last December, is now immortalized on the avenue in front of the city’s arena.

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In June, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY celebrated the opening of its first gallery dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art, the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, with forty works drawn from the collection donated by Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt in 2016.

Coinciding with the opening of the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, The Hyde features two exhibitions devoted to the printed work of Ellsworth Kelly. Widely recognized as one of the most important American artists of the last fifty years, Ellsworth Kelly redefined abstract art through his bold paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawing.

Here to tell us more are The Hyde Collection’s Interim Director Anne Saile and Museum Educator Jenny Hutchinson. 

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A suspect has been charged with killing a woman and young child in Glens Falls early Friday.

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Professional hockey will remain in Glens Falls under a new parent team and head coach.

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Three hopefuls have lined up to be the next mayor of Glens Falls, New York. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the race features two first-time candidates.

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As law enforcement adapts to the growing heroin and addiction crisis, members of local communities are finding new ways to help those in recovery get back on their feet. One group based in upstate New York is distributing bicycles to help people get to work or to meetings and restore a sense of independence.

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As often happens this time of year, reporters were summoned to a hockey arena in the region today to learn about a franchise’s future. But this time, professional hockey is staying in Glens Falls. The ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, which have called the Civic Center home for two seasons, will soon come under local ownership.

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John “Jack” Diamond is now in his ninth and final year as mayor of Glens Falls. Recently, the Democratic mayor laid out his vision for 2017 in his last State of the City address. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Diamond who described a “transitional” year ahead.

An emergency homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Glens Falls, New York has closed on a new property. The organization aims to move its operations into the new space by next winter.

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For the second straight year, the Glens Falls Civic Center is under repair after damage was discovered on a  portion of the exterior wall. A similar issue forced the closure of the arena in early 2015.

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Update 11/14/16: Assemblyman Dan Stec ran against Green Party candidate Robin Barkenhagen. WAMC erroneously reported Stec ran unopposed. The original audio file remains posted to this story.

In 2014, Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Two years later, at age 32, she is the youngest woman reelected.

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Two Capital Region news outlets are suing the City of Glens Falls over the non-release of personnel documents.

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When driving into downtown Glens Falls, it’s hard to miss the new residential and commercial buildings under construction. In the shadow of a multi-story mixed use building that is nearing completion, is what was once the center of downtown nightlife.

  Marc Summers is an icon of a generation. You may know him from his time hosting Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and Food Network’s Unwrapped, or as the Producer of hits like Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, but through his new show at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, you get the chance to meet the real Marc Summers – a man who’s led a fascinating life of fame and frustration.

Everything In Its Place: The Life & Slimes Of Marc Summers is a guided tour through Marc’s life, from an early obsession with magic to his notable television career to his appearance on Oprah announcing his ongoing battle with OCD. Marc stars in this tell-all about his life, his disorder, and taking the physical challenge.

The show opens August 10th through the 13th and we are joined by the man himself, Marc Summers and the Director of the show and Producing Artistic Director of ATF – Chad Rabinovitz.

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At the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, users of the 518 area code were asked a tough question: because the combination of seven-digit numbers is running out, given the growing ubiquity of mobile phones, how would you like to see a new area code incorporated?

The EPA awarded the city of Glens Falls $200,000 to help those with long-term unemployment train for careers in environmental fields.

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The landmark Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls is back under local ownership. Built in the 1920s, the Queensbury has hosted guests from Billy Joel to Ozzy Osbourne.

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After some recent confusion, Glens Falls mayor “Jack” Diamond will remain in office until the end of his term. And for the next year and a half, the Democrat says he plans to continue working to bring more business downtown.

Saturday from 4-8, the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Heather Carroll, Managing Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Jeanne Williams – Executive Director of the Feeder Canal Alliance. 

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