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April 28, 2020

Happening now! Brattleboro Community TV’s channels 8 and 10 have had a new location higher up on the cable lineup. The new numbers are:

  • 1075 for channel 8, BCTV’s public access channel
  • 1085 for channel 10, BCTV’s government and education channel. 

​​Until May 18, channels 8 and 10 will continue to be active as viewers get familiar with the new numbers. But after that, 8 and 10 will be reassigned.

The downside: We've had these channel numbers for decades, so it will be hard to change viewing habits.
The upside: The new channels are available on the Interactive Program Guide. So you can find out what program you're watching, it will be easy to find and record BCTV’s programming using your remote.

The reassignment of channels and the addition of local channels to the Interactive Program Guide adheres to the terms of Comcast’s Certificate of Public Good.

For questions about the new channel numbers, contact BCTV at 802-257-0888 or info@brattleborotv.org.

April 2, 2020

UPCOMING MEETINGS - this post is updated daily and listed by meeting date and time.


 

Guilford Selectboard Meeting

Monday, June 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm

To access the meeting please go to

https://meet.google.com/erc-nztw-gmx

or by calling the following number: 617-675-4444

PIN: 293 768 638 4464#

 

Jamaica Selectboard Meeting

Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96047805384?pwd=ZmRmbEhBMi9GenQ5V21MZDYxTlJDdz09

Meeting ID: 960 4780 5384

Password: 510285

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,96047805384# 

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US

NOTE: MEETINGS BELOW HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE. 

The coordinates may be the same for upcoming meetings but we will update them when they are warned.

Putney Selectboard Meeting

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Join GoToMeeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

https://www.gotomeet.me/PUTNEY/new-meeting

You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States:+1 (872) 240-3412 - - One-touch: tel:+18722403412,225873445#

Access Code: 225-873-445

 

Dummerston Selectboard Meeting
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Join Zoom

By computer, click this link:  https://zoom.us/j/781881631

By phone, call this number: +1 929 205 6099
The meeting ID is: 781 881 631

 

Windham Southeast School District Board

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81959998924?pwd=ZVg2cUY0V0tUMWhXOVBzZ0dUYzlKd
z09

Meeting ID: 819 5999 8924
Password: 8gv9G7

Brattleboro Selectboard 

TUESDAY, June 2, 2020 at 6:15PM

Join GoToMeeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone using this link:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/804762765
You also can dial in using your telephone (but this alternative is not recommended):
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
Access Code: 804-762-765
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/804762765

Watch live on BCTV Channel 10/1085

Watch live on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/brattleborotv/ 


 

Vernon Selectboard Meeting

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

 

Brattleboro Planning Commission

Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.

 
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
 
You can also dial in using your phone (but this alternative is not recommended):
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 Access Code: 478-251-517
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when the meeting starts:
 
 

Newfane Selectboard Meeting

Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85028373460?pwd=amhmQ1pUb1JXMm0vNEtZb201RXNHUT09

Meeting ID: 850 2837 3460
Password: 9niqkq

 
Join from smartphone:
+16465588656,,85028373460#,,1#,802471# 

Dial in from any phone:
        +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 850 2837 3460
Password: 802471

 

River Valleys Unified School District

Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/RVUSD
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 435-309-437

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
 
 
West River Modified Union Education District
Board of Directors Meeting
June 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 988 7288 4775
One tap mobile
+16468769923,,98872884775# US 
 
Dial by your location
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
 

Townshend Select Board Regular Meeting

May 26, 2020 6:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 916 3267 3269
One tap mobile
Dial by your location
 
 
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships Meeting
 
Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:30 PM
 
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
Access Code: 673-535-085
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app 
The Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Board Meeting
 (WSESU)
 
 Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m
 
Meeting ID: 884 9766 8057
Password: 4xiPVr

Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) 

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6pm

Skype Webcast / Teleconference

https://meet.lync.com/vermontgov-vermont/anthony.leshinskie/2W0G05Y8

Phone number: (802) 552-8456 -or- (802) 738-0888

Conference Room Number: 935 865 382 (followed by the “#” sign) 

Vernon Town School Board

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6pm

Join Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/98258961093?pwd=RXJQTU8xQXVNRGliMFBKT0VmNk8yQT09

Meeting ID: 982 5896 1093
Password: 2Ugb9E

March 17, 2020

As of March 17, BCTV made the difficult decision to close our facilities and restrict activities in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Though the office, edit suites, and studio are closed to members and the public, staff are working remotely and producers are producing videos online

Meeting coverage: due to the executive order by the Governor, as of 3/26/20 we will no longer send in-person camera operators to record meetings. However, this is what we CAN do for boards at no charge in these times when connecting residents with local decision-makers is more critical than ever.
  1. If you are holding meetings by any videoconference platform, BCTV can distribute your video on YouTube and on our cable channels. Send the recording to brian@brattleborotv.org.
  2. If you are holding "hybrid" meetings, in which some people attend in person and some by videoconferencing, we can coach you through how to get everyone represented on the video.
  3. If you are still holding meetings in person, and don't have plans to go online because you don't know how or aren't sure how it could work for your board, BCTV can help you figure it out and will provide whatever facilitation is needed.
  4. If you record in-person meetings using a cell phone or video camera, we will title and upload it to our website and channels. Here is a tutorial on how to send it to us.

You can find all of our videos at brattleborotv.org - please Follow us on our Facebook page for updates and local videos. For more information, or if you have a video or PSA to submit, please email info@brattleborotv.org

We will continue to be in touch by email and social media, and will re-open as soon as it's safe to do so.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these trying times.

Sincerely,

Cor Trowbridge, Executive Director

 

February 24, 2020

BCTV provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of Town Meetings on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 for Dummerston, Guilford, Jamaica, Newfane, Putney and Townshend (March 2 for Vernon).  By the end of the week, meeting videos will be uploaded to brattleborotv.org for online viewing and broadcast on Southern VT Cable channel 10 and Comcast channel 1085Find air times here: https://www.brattleborotv.org/schedules

Find Town Meeting videos at these links:

 
Thanks to our Town Meeting Sponsors for making this coverage possible!
 
Big Picture Farm
Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Brattleboro Food Coop
The Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association
Crispe & Crispe Law Offices
D&K's Jamaica Grocery
Edward Jones
The Lodge at West River
Members First Credit Union
Phillips Dunn Shriver & Carroll
The Richards Group
Sandri Companies
Trust Company of Vermont
Windham & Windsor Housing Trust
 
 

School District Annual Meetings 2020

2020 is the first year that Town Meeting videos have not included the annual meetings of school boards in our region. In case you are looking for the "school portion" of the video, here's where to find the annual meetings of consolidated school districts taking place in February or March.

River Valleys Unified School District - Dover and Wardsboro, VT

Annual Board meeting 2/12/20

https://www.brattleborotv.org/river-valleys-unified-school-district/rvusd-annual-bd-mtg-21219

Annual Meeting 2/11/20

https://www.brattleborotv.org/river-valleys-unified-school-district/rvusd-annual-mtg-21120

Info Session 2/3/20

https://www.brattleborotv.org/river-valleys-unified-school-district/rvusd-budget-mtg-2320

 

West River Education District - Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, Windham, VT

Annual Informational Meeting held on March 24, 2020 at 7 PM at Leland & Gray UHS

https://www.brattleborotv.org/west-river-education-district

 

Windham Southeast School District - Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, VT

Info Session - March 10, 2020 (see website for details)

Annual meeting - March 17, 2020

https://www.brattleborotv.org/windham-southeast-school-district

 

Vernon Town School Board - not regularly covered by BCTV

January 24, 2020

Cast your pod on BCTV!

We created a small studio on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Center with everything you need - microphones, sound panels, computer, and a giant mural of a bird ---? 

Maybe you're already podcasting somewhere less convenient, or maybe you want some help getting started. BCTV offers our podcasters some of the same creative services that we offer our video producers:

  • training
  • technical assistance
  • editing facilities
  • copyright free music software subscription

In terms of distribution, you can take your audio file and upload it to whatever host you choose, or BCTV will have a podcast channel you can join.

What makes our podcast booth different from others is that we'll also distribute a video version of your podcast on our cable channels and website. This aspect will be very simple (think GoPro), but it can be more complex if you want to make the move to video producer as well. 

Cost:

Join BCTV as a Member: $25 per year or $15 for students 26 and under

Use Fee: $5 per reservation (with bulk discounts for frequent users)

Contact Vlasta to schedule a tour or book your first reservation. 

 

January 15, 2020

This commentary by BCTV Executive Director Cor Trowbridge appeared in The Commons on 1/15/2020

http://www.commonsnews.org/site/sitenext/story.php?articleno=31701

December 17, 2019

BCTV Holiday Schedule:

Open: Monday, 12/23: 10 am - 2 pm

Closed: 12/24/19 - 1/1/20

We will re-open: Thursday, January 2 at 10 am - 6 pm

Find programs at https://www.brattleborotv.org/

and on our YouTube channel


Email us at info@brattleborotv.org

Happy Holidays from all of us at BCTV!!!!

 

 

October 29, 2019

Watch the Awards Night video!

The People's Choice Award: Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest The Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell. The episode features Shai Lenman and Mohamed Yassin, two teens from Jerusalem Peacebuilders, which holds an intensive youth leadership program each summer in West Brattleboro. This is the second year that Wendy’s show is the winner of the People’s Choice. The award and cash prize were presented by this year’s sponsor, Luke Stafford of Mondo Mediaworks.

The People's Choice Award is a popular vote between the five volunteer-produced videos that had the most views over the previous fiscal year. The nominees were:

  • How to Identify Japanese Knotweed. Producer: Jennifer Latham with the Brattleboro Conservation Commission.
  • WRAP - Wellness Action Recovery Plan. Episode 1: Beginning Your WRAP. Producer: Andrika Donovan with Mary Ellen Copeland.
  • 4G/5G Health Concerns. Producer: Derrik Jordan with EMF Safety for Vermont.
  • Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell.
  • Gematria Today: Episode 1. Producer: Dan Long.

 

Series of the Year: Meg Mott's 'Debating Our Rights' & 'Good Clash: The Art of Productive Disagreement'

The Series of the Year Award is given to the producer of an outstanding series on BCTV. The award this year goes to two discussion series presented by Marlboro College Professor of Politics Meg Mott, which were produced by Janis Chaillou and Em Richards of For The Record Video.

In 'Debating Our Rights' and 'Good Clash: The Art of Productive Disagreement', Meg leads discussions with active participation by audience members to identify shared values and encourage healthy debate on contentious topics such as:

  • The First Amendment - How Free is our Speech?
  • The Eighth Amendment - Cruel & Unusual Punishment
  • Capital Punishment, Guns, and the Abortion Debate

Janis Chaillou and Em Richards worked with Meg to record her presentations at packed houses of engaged audience members. In light of the increasingly polarized political climate, this kind of content reflects the community grappling with the issues of the day, and is emblematic of BCTV’s mission to promote civic engagement.

Producer of the Year: Alex Evans

The Producer of the Year Award is given to a community producer for outstanding production work and commitment to BCTV. This year, the award goes to Alex Evans, a Landmark College student who spent three semesters interning with us.

We had a high number of interns this year from middle school, high school and college students - but Alex’s energy, attitude and skill really made him stand out.
Alex selected BCTV in Spring 2017 as his placement for his Civic Engagement class. He was the station manager for Landmark's student radio station, and had a lot of technical knowledge. For his project, he chose to create a mini documentary about BCTV, some of which you’ll see in the clip. He returned in the Fall of 2018 for a more formal internship of 90 hours. He helped direct studio shows such as ‘Here We Are’ while he hosted, produced, and edited 20 episodes of his radio show, 'Talking Nerdy,' recorded in Putney at WLMC.  Talking Nerdy was a huge hit with BCTV viewers and gave them a glimpse into Landmark’s gaming culture.

Alex has since graduated and now lives in Maine, but not before he made his mark on BCTV!
 

Sponsor of the Year: Karen Ameden, D&K’s Jamaica Grocery

We don’t always give a Sponsor award, but this year was different.

As you’ve heard, this was the first year that BCTV approached our towns to ask for support for our meeting videos.

Karen Ameden of D&K's Jamaica Grocery has been a sponsor of our Town Meeting Day coverage for years, one of a handful of small businesses to support BCTV. When we made the request to Jamaica, the Selectboard required 35 signatures in order for residents to be able to vote on the issue. Karen volunteered to make the petition available at her general store so that local residents could sign when they stopped in to shop. Our achievement of 100% participation by eight towns could not have happened without her.

It may be a long way to send a producer up Route 30 to Jamaica, but this kind of local support is our reward - thank you Karen!

Community Partner Award: WTSA Radio

The Community Partner Award goes to an organization that uses BCTV’s tools and services to benefit the community and the organization.

Last winter, BCTV learned that the WKVT morning show that served as our local news show, Green Mountain Mornings, was suddenly discontinued. We recorded it twice weekly for almost two years for playout on BCTV as ‘Green Mountain Mornings Tonight.’ We wondered what could possibly take its place.

Fortunately, within a month from that cancellation, WTSA staff stepped up and made their weekday ‘Morning News with Ian Kelley’ available on video. Shortly after Ian uploads it to YouTube, we rebroadcast it on channel 8 at Noon and 6 PM. The 5-minute local news brief is hosted by Ian Kelley with guest appearances by by fellow news anchor Tim Johnson. This partnership is an example of a local media collaboration that benefits both organizations and especially the local community.

Accepting for WTSA is owner Kelli Corbeil, station manager Bob Gammon, and host Ian Kelley! 

Municipal Partner of the Year: Kathy Hege & Rick Hege, Town of Townshend

The Municipal Partner Award goes to a board or committee that uses BCTV to promote governmental transparency and public engagement.
This year’s award goes to Kathy Hege and Rick Hege of Townshend, who, each in their own way, have been proponents of the transparency provided by BCTV’s video coverage of public meetings.

When Vermont’s Open Meeting Law was revised in 2014, many small towns, including Townshend, opted to take down their websites rather than meet the new requirements for keeping them updated. In response, Rick created the website unofficialtownshendvt.net to make public documents available to residents, along with links to meeting videos. He also maintains a listserve and distributes our videos as soon as he gets them to anyone who joins. This is the reason that Townshend meeting videos always receive between 50-100 views, which is a lot for a small town. Rick is known for asking BCTV to cover certain meetings when he thinks some “sunshine” would elevate the discussion. He’s also known to our field staff as someone who can help with technical problems, which is always a plus.

Kathy has been the Selectboard chair since 2015 and not only makes sure that our videographers are ready before starting the meeting, but she also clarifies with everyone present that if they want to speak, they will be on the video. This kind of clarity from a Selectboard chair can be rare, but is extremely helpful!

Nonprofit Member of the Year:  Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Greater Falls Connections, Turning Point of Windham County, West River Valley Thrives

This award typically recognizes the work of a single nonprofit member, but this year we salute a cluster of nonprofits working together to bring attention to the issue of Substance Use, often collaborating on events and projects. Those are:

  • Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition
  • Greater Falls Connections
  • Turning Point of Windham County
  • West River Valley Thrives

Volunteers and staff for these organizations used BCTV to achieve their missions by producing videos or recording events that reflect the community’s interest in learning about addiction prevention and response. The videos produced were frequently the result of collaborations between multiple organizations.

We often say that what’s on BCTV in a given year is a reflection of the critical issues being debated. Certainly one of the most-discussed topics of the year was Substance Use and the many ways that it impacts individuals and our community. We celebrate the particular efforts of the following producers who used BCTV to educate and empower community members to find solutions to this issue:

  • Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition & Greater Falls Connections:  Reggie Martell, Rolf Parker, Scott Sharland, Molly Nash, Chad Simmons
  • Turning Point of Windham County - Don Cuerdon, Cecil McLaury
  • West River Valley Thrives - Nick Plante, Steve Tavella, Reggie Martell, Helena Bundy
     

Volunteer of the Year: Austin Rice

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a volunteer who’s gone above and beyond in helping BCTV serve the community.

This year the award goes to Austin Rice, who this year became a staff field producer, but who started submitting his own productions back in 2010, was Producer of the Year in 2011, and joined as a volunteer crew member in 2013.

Austin spent the last year as volunteer learning how to direct the Brattleboro Selectboard so that he could fill in as an alternate, and spent two days at Harris Hill cheerfully operating a camera in the snow at the Ski Jump. When Gerry del Monico left the area, Austin took over as producer of the weekly Guilford Community Church services.

 

On staff now, he is one of our go-tos for multi-cam concert coverage and some of our more complex projects. For all those years of persistent producing and volunteering that brought him to where he is now, this award goes to Austin!

New Producer of the Year: Dan Long

The New Producer award goes to someone who recently became active at BCTV and either has shown great improvement, or has quickly become a competent and perhaps even prolific producer. This year, the award goes to Dan Long.

Dan started this year as a producer and immediately set out to master the techniques of screen-capturing and multi-camera editing for his show, ‘Gematria Today.’ 
As producer and host, Dan explains the ancient Caballistic practice of Gematria, which is coding numbers into letters to find hidden meaning in words.
He’s already produced six 30-minute episodes for BCTV and is on his way to many more!

October 15, 2019

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2019 People's Choice Award: the volunteer productions created over the past year that received the top five online views. This award is chosen by everyone!

The winner will receive a cash prize made possible by Mondo Mediaworks.

The nominees are:

  • How to Identify Japanese Knotweed. Producer: Jennifer Latham with the Brattleboro Conservation Commission.
  • WRAP - Wellness Action Recovery Plan. Episode 1: Beginning Your WRAP. Producer: Andrika Donovan with Mary Ellen Copeland.
  • 4G/5G Health Concerns. Producer: Derrik Jordan with EMF Safety for Vermont.
  • Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell.
  • Gematria Today: Episode 1. Producer: Dan Long.

Click here to watch the videos and vote!

Note: Deadline to vote is Tuesday, 10/22/19 at 5 PM
Voting is open to anyone - please share the link with friends and family!

The People's Choice winner will be announced at BCTV's Producer Awards Party

Thursday, October 24

6:00 - 8:00 PM

at 118 Elliot, Brattleboro, VT

Dinner from The Marina is provided with support from Vermont Films. 

Open to the public - Come celebrate local producers and support community media!

2019 winners of our staff-selected producer awards are listed here:

https://www.brattleborotv.org/news/bctv-news/producer-party-2019

August 26, 2019

BCTV Announces Winners of the 2019 Producer Awards

People's Choice Award: Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest The Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell.

The episode features Shai Lenman and Mohamed Yassin, two teens from Jerusalem Peacebuilders, which holds an intensive youth leadership program each summer in West Brattleboro. This is the second year that Wendy’s show is the winner of the People’s Choice. The award and cash prize were presented by this year’s sponsor, Luke Stafford of Mondo Mediaworks.

Watch episodes here:https://www.brattleborotv.org/here-we-are

Community Partner Award - WTSA Radio

Starting in January 2019, WTSA Radio, one of the few remaining locally owned media outlets, began uploading 'Morning News with Ian Kelley' to YouTube, which is then rebroadcast by BCTV on channel 8 at Noon and 6 PM weekdays. Ian is joined by fellow news anchor Tim Johnson, along with a variety of guests including athletes and artists. WTSA’s partnership with BCTV benefits both organizations and especially the local community.
Find WTSA News episodes here

Municipal Partner Award - Kathy Hege & Rick Hege, Town of Townshend

Kathy and Rick Hege have supported BCTV's coverage of public meetings in Townshend for many years; Kathy, as a long time Selectboard chair, and Rick, as the webmaster of unofficialtownshendvt.net. Their high level of cooperation helps BCTV staff to record municipal meetings for those that can’t attend, which promotes transparency in town government. It is gratifying for BCTV to be valued by municipal leaders who dedicate their time and energy to public service.

Nonprofit Member Award - Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Greater Falls Connections, Turning Point of Windham County, West River Valley Thrives

This award typically recognizes the work of a single nonprofit member, but this year we salute a cluster of nonprofits working together on the issue of Substance Use. These organizations used BCTV to achieve their missions by producing videos or recording events that reflect the community’s interest in addiction prevention and response. We celebrate the particular efforts of the following producers:

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition & Greater Falls Connections - Rolf Parker, Scott Sharland, Reggie Martell, Chad Simmons, Molly Nash
Turning Point of Windham County - Don Cuerdon, Cecil McLaury
West River Valley Thrives - Nick Plante, Reggie Martell, Helena Bundy

Find videos here: https://www.brattleborotv.org/substance-use 
https://www.brattleborotv.org/turning-point-windham-county
https://www.brattleborotv.org/brattleboro-area-prevention-coalition-presents 

https://www.brattleborotv.org/west-river-valley-thrives

New Producer of the Year: Dan Long

Dan learned how to produce a show that incorporates screen-capturing and multi-camera editing for ‘Gematria Today’, in which Dan explains the ancient Caballistic practice of Gematria, coding numbers into letters to find hidden meaning in words. Dan’s series is a good example of instructional multimedia  video.
https://www.brattleborotv.org/gematria-today


Producer of the Year: Alex Evans

Alex Evans interned with BCTV in 2017 as credit for his Landmark College 'Civic Engagement' class. For his internship, Alex, who was the station manager for Landmark's student radio station, chose to create a mini documentary about BCTV. Alex came back last fall with a College-sanctioned internship of 90 hours. While he helped with editing and directing, he also produced his weekly radio show, 'Talking Nerdy,' for TV and YouTube, and it was a huge hit. Alex has since graduated and now lives in Portland, Maine, but not before he made his mark on BCTV and our viewers!
Mini-documentary: https://www.brattleborotv.org/bctv-highlights/all-about-bctv-2017-mini-doc
Talking Nerdy: https://www.brattleborotv.org/talking-nerdy

Series of the Year: Meg Mott's 'Debating Our Rights' & 'Good Clash: The Art of Productive Disagreement'

'Debating Our Rights' and 'Good Clash:The Art of Productive Disagreement' are two popular discussion series presented by (retired) Marlboro College professor Meg Mott, produced by Janis Chaillou and Em Richards of For The Record Video. Meg Mott leads discussions with active participation by audience members to identify shared values and encourage healthy debate.  Janis Chaillou and Em Richards worked with Mott to record both series in light of the high level of interest at her discussions.
https://www.brattleborotv.org/debating-our-rights 
https://www.brattleborotv.org/good-clash-art-productive-disagreement 

Sponsor of the Year: Karen Ameden of D&K's Jamaica Grocery

As a sponsor of BCTV's Town Meeting coverage for years, Karen Ameden, owner of D&K's Jamaica Grocery, has been one of the few small businesses to support BCTV. When BCTV approached the selectboards in our service territory for financial support in light of a decline in federal funding for public access television, Jamaica required 35 signatures in order for residents to vote on the issue at Town Meeting Day. Karen volunteered to make the petition available at her store, so that local residents could sign - and they did. When we send a producer up Route 30 to cover meetings, this kind of local support is our reward!

Volunteer of the Year: Austin Rice

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a volunteer who’s gone above and beyond in helping BCTV serve the community. This year the award goes to Austin Rice, who this year became a staff field producer, but who started submitting his own productions back in 2010, was Producer of the Year in 2011, and joined as a volunteer crew member in 2013. Austin spent the last year as volunteer learning how to direct the Brattleboro Selectboard so that he could fill in as an alternate, and spent two days at Harris Hill cheerfully operating a camera in the snow at the Ski Jump. When Gerry del Monico left the area, Austin took over as producer of the weekly Guilford Community Church services. On staff now, he is one of our go-tos for multi-cam concert coverage and some of our more complex projects. For all those years of persistent producing and volunteering that brought him to where he is now, this award goes to Austin!

BCTV's 50+ local producers were nationally recognized in 2019 and together with staff produced more than 1300 hours of local programming over the past year.

The BCTV awards ceremony is fashioned after the Emmys, but Halloween-themed dress is suggested this year due to the timing of the event. Audience members will enjoy dinner by The Marina, and the chance to mingle with creative types and community volunteers. A $5 donation is suggested.

Brattleboro Community Television is a community media center serving Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Jamaica, Newfane, Putney, Townshend and Vernon. BCTV's mission is to promote civic engagement and transparency, and to empower community members to share their knowledge, views and creativity, without prejudice.  To learn more about BCTV, visit brattleborotv.org or call 802-257-0888.

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Dinner from The Marina will be provided thanks to support from Vermont Films.

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