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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Jim Levulis each weekday for the latest. The weekend edition is hosted by Lucas Willard. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Reid Kisselback
Photo provided for use by NewsChannel 13

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's regional forecast for Sunday, May 16th. 

Terri Storti in Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End at Curtain Call Theatre
Provided photo: Michael Farrell

I recently received a meme on one of my digital social platforms.  It read:

A still image taken from an interview at the Akwesasne Freedom School
Greg Hitchcock

    A new locally-produced documentary in the works explores the role and fragmentation of native peoples during the American Revolution. Greg Hitchcock, based in Gloversville, is the filmmaker behind the project focused on the Haudenosaunee, also called the Iroquois Confederacy. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Mushroom Debrief

May 15, 2021
Lucy’s morel and ramp haul
Ralph Gardner Jr.

To describe the mushroom outing I took last Saturday with my daughter Lucy and our friend Susan – both fungus aficionados -- as a walk would defile the conventional definition of a walk. Sure we walked. But we spent more time stopping, stooping and searching the underbrush than moving in anything that might be described as a straight line.

Reid Kisselback
Photo provided for use by NewsChannel 13

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the regional weather summary for Saturday, May 15th.

View of Adirondacks from Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College has been holding a series of virtual conversations on social justice issues in the Adirondack Park. It culminated Thursday with a discussion on “The Color of COVID” in the Park: an assessment of vaccine hesitancy among residents of color in the region.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.

Many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will end on Wednesday in New York, including capacity restrictions for some sporting events, indoor gatherings, and offices. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set the date for the reopening earlier this month, is not yet ready to abide by new CDC guidelines that say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

106 South Pearl Street, May 14, 2021
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Plans are in the works to bring a full-service grocery store to Albany's South End.

Tasheena Davis in front of American flag in Springfield City Council chambers
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

There is a key job open in City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.

phone and computer screen

What say you?  Let's find out!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Rogovoy Report 5/14/21

May 14, 2021

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include chamber music, orchestral music, experimental music, indie-pop … plus a whole lot more.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 14, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 14, 2021.

Greylock Glen / http://greylockglenresort.com/proposed-resort-project/master-plan

A long-awaited outdoor recreation center project in Adams, Massachusetts has received $6.5 million in state funding.

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

After going on pause for the winter, the Hyde Collection fine art museum in Glens Falls is open to visitors again, with some restrictions in place.

a poster for helping local artists
Northampton Arts Council

    Live entertainment, arts and cultural events are returning to western Massachusetts. But artists are hurting financially after more than a year of lost income.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo press conference, May 12, 2021 with a sign language interpreter
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo/screenshot by Allison Dunne

There is no New York state office dedicated to serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Now, a few lawmakers from the Hudson Valley hope to change that.

Zoom Screenshot

Activists were joined online by elected officials Wednesday for the launch of the New York State Clemency Initiative.

The Environmental Protection Agency logo
The Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced millions of dollars in grants to address contaminated brownfields. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, some of the grants are for projects in upstate New York.

The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Hospital representatives on both sides of Lake Champlain are addressing vaccine hesitancy and any new concerns that are emerging as children aged 12 to 15 become eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 13, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 13, 2021.

A man stands on a podium below an American flag before a parking lot full of cars with seated people on a grassy strip behind him
Josh Landes / WAMC

Some changes are coming after Tuesday’s election in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Huckleberry Mountain
Jerry Monkman / Open Space Institute

New York state is acquiring more than 1,200 acres of land in Warren County that will be added to the Adirondack Park.

Buildings, sidewalks and trees lie alongside a road through rolling green hills.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Jeffrey Johnson and Wade Hasty will take seats on the Williamstown, Massachusetts select board after Tuesday’s high turnout municipal election.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 12, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

State Senator Eric Lesser holding a microphone

The process of producing a Massachusetts state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st is proceeding on schedule on Beacon Hill.  Unlike last year, when financial uncertainties surrounding the pandemic delayed the final budget for months.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik speaks at a Save the Annex rally in Dannemora
Pat Bradley/WAMC

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a vote today to remove Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership post and make New York’s Elise Stefanik the No. 3 Republican. McCarthy says he and his fellow Republicans “need to make a change.” McCarthy did not mention Cheney or former President Donald Trump by name. But the move comes after Cheney repeatedly challenged Trump’s false assertions pinning his November reelection defeat on widespread voting fraud and criticized Trump's role in encouraging supporters’ January 6th attack on the Capitol. Stefanik, of the 21st district, is in her fourth term and has become a vociferous Trump ally after refusing to say his name in 2016.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Among the issues the Burlington, Vermont City Council considered during its meeting Monday night were weatherization requirements for rental properties and a resolution to increase councilors’ pay.

NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

A NASA spacecraft has started its return trip to Earth after collecting a sample from an asteroid last fall. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 11, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Albany officials kick off composting initiative.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan

A pilot compost program is starting up in Albany in a bid to keep food scraps out of the city landfill.