BCTV Producer Awards Night
Thursday, November 4 at 6 PM
Latchis 4 Theatre, downtown Brattleboro
Free & open to the public
Cor Trowbridge, Executive Director
For Immediate Release
BCTV Announces the 2021 Winners of the Annual Producer Awards
BRATTLEBORO, VT—Brattleboro Community Television today announces the winners of its 2021 Annual Producer Awards. The Producer Awards recognize organizations and individuals that have created outstanding local programming in the last year. Six different organizations and/or individual winners will be honored this year.
The public is invited to the awards ceremony that will be held on Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 PM at the Latchis 4 Theatre in downtown Brattleboro. Food and drink will be served. Proof of vaccination will be required, following COVID protocols for special events at The Latchis. The award presentation will also be available on Zoom.
The following organizations and individuals will be recognized for their achievements from July 2020 to June 2021:
Community Partner of the Year: Virtual Gallery Walk
During COVID, Frederic Noyes and Erin Scaggs took on the technical challenge of livestreaming to Facebook and BCTV as they showcased Downtown Brattleboro's Gallery Walk for those at home by walking down Main Street and stopping in at galleries, shops, restaurants, nonprofits, and performance venues. They produced six inspiring episodes of “Gallery Walk Stream n’ Stroll'' between August 2020 to May 2021, when the public returned to downtown, with the September video garnering over 4000 views.
Nonprofit Member of the Year: Brattleboro Literary Festival
Like most conferences scheduled for fall 2020, the Brattleboro Literary Festival made the difficult decision to go all virtual - no easy feat with sixty author talks scheduled over three days. They also committed to producing the virtual sessions themselves for BCTV and YouTube! Long-time leaders Sandy Rouse and Jerry Carbone coordinated author permissions and recording, while Jeff Mastroianni took on the editing. Over 30 excellent author talk videos were aired and are available to see here:
Municipal Partner of the Year: Bill Anton, WCSU Superintendent
As superintendent of the Windham Central Supervisory Union, Bill Anton attends a lot of meetings covered by BCTV. As school boards changed formats and venues from online to hybrid, leaders were confronted with technical complexities while coping with extraordinary situations due to the pandemic. Even with his enormous responsibilities, Anton became known as someone who could be counted on to understand technical questions and problems and respond quickly. Fred Rogers’s quote: “Look for the helpers,” applies here!
New Producer of the Year: Deb Paciulli, Trinity Lutheran Church
Deb Paciulli, who serves as Trinity Lutheran Church’s treasurer, began using her iPhone to livestream services to Facebook in March 2020. One year later, she began adding titles and submitting videos to BCTV as a way to reach cable viewers. Trinity Lutheran now has a regular air time on Channel 1075. Paciulli provided a critical service to the church community with simple but effective video tools.
Producer of the Year: Andrika Donovan
In 2019, Andrika Donovan set out to produce a series about green (natural) burials and home funerals. After traveling to conferences in Florida and Minnesota for interviews and site footage, she did her final editing at BCTV, nearly finishing her project, until the station shut down. Undaunted, she checked out a laptop to work at home while receiving remote support from staff, and completed the project in February 2021. Donovan’s enlightening videos capture national pioneers of this movement as well as local stories and resources.
Series of the Year: SOLOs
Bahman Mahdavi was in the midst of directing a show with The Rock River Players when the pandemic hit. Mahdavi turned to fellow actor Jon Mack, manager of The Hooker-Dunham Theater, and SOLOs was born: a series of individual monologues filmed on The H-D stage, edited and premiered live on YouTube and BCTV. Mahdavi and Mack went on to co-produce eight episodes between November 2020 and May 2021. More than thirty actors were ultimately involved in the uplifting project.
BCTV Annual Members Meeting - Watch the video
Join BCTV board and staff for our second virtual Annual Meeting after a year of closing, re-opening, and producing increasingly complex hybrid meetings. We will also be saluting our veteran staff producer Rich Melanson as he retires from BCTV after 10 years of pioneering meeting coverage throughout Windham County.
When: Wednesday, September 22 from 6 - 7 PM
Where: Virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live
Welcoming Remarks - Board Chair Chris Lenois
State of the Station Report - Executive Director Cor Trowbridge
Election of Board members: announcement (voting will take place by SurveyMonkey prior to the meeting)
Rich Melanson's Farewell Party - options to participate:
join the meeting on Zoom and "raise your hand"
- submit your video message at least 24 hours in advance here
- email your remarks to be read publicly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- post a comment on the Facebook Live video of the event - comments will be monitored and read publicly in the Zoom meeting.
Board elections: There are three open at-large seats, with three current board members running for re-election. Find board members and candidates here.
To be a board candidate: You must be at least 18 years old and be a current member of BCTV (as of August 23, 2021). To nominate yourself for the board election: send a brief Candidate Statement about your background and interest, along with a photo “head shot” to Cor Trowbridge at email@example.com by 5 PM on Monday, September 13.
To vote: Individuals who are current BCTV members (as of August 23, 2021) may vote in in the board election. (Organizational Memberships are non-voting.) Due to COVID, voting will be entirely by e-ballot during the week leading up to the meeting. Current members will receive a ballot via SurveyMonkey.
Board officers: The Annual Members Meeting will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors, where board officers will be elected.
Membership: Please join or renew your membership here:
Donate: To support BCTV and the producers who bring you 1000 hours of new local programming every year, please make a donation at: https://www.brattleborotv.org/support-bctv
BCTV is pleased to present a new orchestral series premiereing on channel 1075 and YouTube! The grand opening of Juno Singles commences June 18th at 7:00PM with new episodes premiere every other Friday.
In this FINAL episode of the Juno Singles project, Nimble Arts concludes its performances with a response to the original orchestral piece, "Struggle For Optimism" by Eugene Uman. Premieres Friday, September 24th at 7pm on Comcast channel 1075 - or watch Live on YouTube below!
Nimbles Arts' pairings to original Juno Orchestra pieces continue with a their responses to Dana Maiben's "Vermont Seasons." Catch the premiere Friday night at 7pm, September 10th, on channel 1075 or below on YouTube!
The 2nd episode featuring an aerial response to a Juno Singles composition premieres on Friday, August 27th. Nimble Arts prepared an acrobatic accompaniment to Robert Merfled's "Juno Variations" -- check out the premiere on channel 1075 or with the link below!
With the conclusion of the workshop portion of Juno Singles, a small team from Nimble Arts will create acrobatic, filmed responses to each composition. The first episode featuring Serenity Smith Forchion and Nimble Arts premieres Friday, August 13th - don't miss it on channel 1075, or down below, at 7pm!
Premiering Friday, July 30th, the Juno Orchestra features "Struggle for Optimism" by Eugene Uman. Watch the full episode below or catch the premiere at 7pm on channel 1075.
On July 16th, "Vermont Seasons" by Dana Maiben premieres on YouTube and on channel 1075 - catch the live broadcast at 7pm or watch it below!
The next episode of Juno Singles, "Juno Variations" by Robert Merfeld preimeres on July 2nd at 7:00PM - and you can watch it below, or on BCTV channel 1075
The opening episode of Juno Singles, "Suite for an Imaginary Country" by Derrik Jordan, premieres June 18th at 7:00PM - watch the full episode below!
Some good news came out of 2020! BCTV submitted two winning entries to the Alliance for Community Media's national Hometown Media Awards for programs aired on BCTV in 2020.
1 - New England Youth Theatre and Broad Brothers' video, "NEYT's Romeo and Juliet in COVID Times" was named the Winner in the category of Local Performances, Student Division. The producers, Aja and Kaelan Selbach-Broad, were NEYT alumni before studying film at Syracuse University. They produced the video in the summer of 2020 and it opens with an explanation of the techniques they used to adhere to COVID safety regulations while filming a great performance with a youth cast and crew. BCTV aired the video after it was edited and premiered.
Below is a short, edited preview of the project. Click here to watch the full video!
2 - BCTV submitted excerpts from 15 shows aired in 2020 and was named the Winner for Overall Excellence in P.E. or G. Access for budgets under $300,000. This is the fourth time BCTV has won this award recognizing the breadth and depth of our staff and volunteer producers' work compared to other stations of our size. The programs excerpted in our awards submission were:
Harris Hill Ski Jump 2020. Producer: BCTV.
Call to Action COVID-19. Producer: Fish
George Floyd Protest in Brattleboro. Producer: Ezlerh Oreste
Reclaiming Abenaki Placename Wantastegok at Retreat Farm. Producer: Donna Blackney.
‘Arts Unite Windham’ benefit for social justice organizations. Producer: BCTV.
Brattleboro Virtual Gallery Walk. Producer: Frederic Noyes
The EOS Project Concert. Producer: Ray Sebold for the Brattleboro Music Center.
Putney Craft Tour 2020 - Dena Moses. Producer: Ryan Burch.
Guilford Community Church Christmas Eve Service. Producer: Austin Rice.
Spring 202 Landmark College Commencement. Producer: BCTV
2020 Leland and Gray High School Graduation. Producer: BCTV
Guilford Town Meeting Day 2020. Producer: BCTV
Montpelier Connection: Update from the Statehouse with Nader Hashim. Producer: Rep. Michael Mrowicki/BCTV
Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting 2020. Producer: BCTV
Meet the Candidates: Erin Hazlett Whitney, Candidate for Governor (I). Producer: BCTV.
Here's a trailer of the original video we edited. Click here if you'd like to see the full video!
Next week is the big week for grads in the Brattleboro area! Tune into our live broadcasts on channel 1085 and on YouTube. You can also cheer on any of these events from our Facebook page!
We kick it all off with the Brattleboro Area High School Senior Awards Night on Monday, June 14th at 6:30pm!
Then join us at 6:00PM Wednesday, June 16th (rain dates: Tues. 6/15 or Thurs. 6/17 - see BAMS website if rain is forecast) for the Brattleboro Area Middle School Move-Up day
Brattleboro Union High School will hold its 2021 Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 18th at 6:30pm (rain date: Saturday 6/19 at 3:30 PM)
We finish up the week with Leland & Grey's Graduation Ceremony for their Class of 2021 on Saturday, June 19th at 10am!
The town of Vernon, Vermont will hold its annual Town Meeting Sunday, May 23rd at 2pm. The town is invited to the lawn of the Vernon Free Library where masks will be worn and distancing will be enforced.
Or, watch the broadcast on channel 1085 or below at 2pm on Sunday:
Join the friends and families of Landmark College Spring 2021 graduates this Saturday for two very special ceremonies.
The Landmark College 20-21 Retiree Ceremony begins at 9:00am on May 22nd. Watch live on channel 1075 or below, on the Landmark College YouTube page!
Landmark College Spring 2021 Commencement will begin at 11:15am. Join us on Comcast channel 1075 or online on the Landmark College YouTube channel!
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Watch Brattleboro Union High School Girls and Boys Varsity Hockey live on YouTube and Comcast Channel 1075. The games are streamed to the BUHS Athletics YouTube Channel.
Find individual game links here:
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Town Meeting Rep Caucuses & Informational Meeting
Wednesday, March 10
INFORMATIONAL MEETING - ARTICLE 11 – WATER TREATMENT PLANT BOND VOTE
MARCH 17, 2021at 7:30 P.M.
Representative Town Meeting
Part 1: SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021 at 8:30 AM https://youtu.be/VuH0K_I-u6s
Part 2: SUNDAY, MARCH 21 AT 8:30 AM https://youtu.be/k45T_zi1kgI
Part 3: FRIDAY, MARCH 26 AT 4:30 pm
The meeting will be carried live on BCTV and WVEW-FM:
- Comcast Channel 1085
- Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/brattleborotv/
- WVEW-FM 107.7 https://www.wvew.org/
To participate (speak) in the meeting, please call in using your telephone by dialing any of these toll-free numbers in the United States:
The “Meeting ID” for this meeting is: 864 4868 0971
Phone controls for participants:
• *6 - Toggle mute/unmute
• *9 - Raise hand
Pre-Town Meeting: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LboGt-U02vc
Town Meeting Day Informational Meeting: Thursday, February 25 at 6 PM via Zoom
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/r6Ne9DOlFLI
Planning to hold in-person Town Meeting or Australian Ballot on May 1.
Pre-Town Meeting: Monday, March 1 at 6 PM via Zoom
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RuHv0KkeL0o
Informational Meeting: Saturday, February 27 at 10 AM via Zoom
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zLOTrp6KxuU
Pre-Town Meeting: Wednesday, February 17 at 6 PM: repeat agenda Thursday, February 18 at 6 PM
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/c83yQ4jmTRA
Planning to hold in-person Town Meeting in early May
Windham Southeast Supervisory District
Watch on YouTube:
February 2/19 Meeting: https://youtu.be/g_8SPtsFIDM
February 2/23 Meeting: https://youtu.be/7ivm7vptIWA