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Submitted by Scott Stearns
LPCTV will host an open house on Monday December 16 from 4pm – 7pm to celebrate its new home located at 37C Main Street. LPCTV moved into its new space earlier this year and the Board of Directors and the Staff want to say thank you to everyone in the community that has helped make the transition to the new space possible through their donations and support. Brigid Sullivan, board member and past President of LPCTV, said “The generosity of the Ludlow Community in supporting our move to a permanent and dedicated location has been wonderful. The support has been diverse, coming from businesses, individuals, foundations and groups. We want people to come see our new space at the Open House. This is time for the community to see what a great resource they have created.”
LPCTV formed in 2001 to serve the Okemo Valley and Black River Valley Region with Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) Access television. Since that time it has grown into a community media organization, providing media training, tools, and transmission to community members on a first-come, first-served non discriminatory basis. LPCTV kicked off a capital campaign in 2011 to enable it to transition into the old tank barn and expand its ability to provide services to the community. The new space is a significant upgrade for the organization as it originally had a one 500 square foot room in the Ludlow Elementary School. The new permanent home provides 2,300 square feet for media production, educational classes and workshops, community events and recording oral and visual history.
The studio is the heart and soul of the new LPCTV facilities and it is now being put to good use with shows already being produced by Ralph Pace’s “That Was the Week That Was”, the Chamber of Commerce, Okemo Mountain School, and Black River High School. Patrick Cody, Executive Director of LPCTV stated that “The new studio is a huge upgrade to our facilities and we are grateful to all the support we have received to this point in helping us get it built. We can now offer a studio with professional-quality sound and lighting that will enhance the experience for our members and producers. The production quality can be that much better, increasing the effectiveness of the messages they are putting out there.” LPCTV encourages other individuals and groups to help us put this great new resource to use. To demonstrate the new studio LPCTV will help attendees craft short videos during the open house – a great way to share some holiday greetings with friends and families.
Please join us for a Holiday open house in our new home on Monday December 16. Check out the new digs, create a video greeting in the new studio, and enjoy light holiday refreshments at the new LPCTV facility.
The holiday season is upon us. While there is abundant joy to be found, it is also a time of year that marks significant need in our communities. This is a very busy time for Black River Good Neighbor Services as this local non-profit organization prepares to deliver gifts and a full holiday dinner to those in need. It is estimated that over 135 families from the immediate and surrounding towns will be helped this holiday season. To help make this possible, BRGNS held a “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive on Saturday, November 30th at the Shaw’s shopping center parking lot in Ludlow. Food shelf volunteers handed out holiday dinner menus at the event and shoppers helped with the foods most needed: canned fruit, cranberry sauce, pickles – olives, mac & cheese, hot chocolate, cookies, tea, cereal (oatmeal), candy, carrots/peas, gravy, stuffing, margarine, corn, green beans, yams, and coffee. Volunteers from the area helped man the bus, generously supplied by the Town of Ludlow, where shopper could bring the food items they purchased for the campaign. Pictured above are four of the many volunteers involved. They are, from left to right, Elsa Eliason, Brigid Sullivan, Abigail Schmidt, and Kateri Collins. Other volunteers were located in Shaws, itself. According to Jean Eggleston, BRGNS’ project leader, it was a very successful drive and will help add needed food items to the Good Neighbor’s Thrift Store shelves for the coming holiday season.
Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle
The holiday season is upon us. While there is abundant joy to be found, it is also a time of year that marks significant need in our communities. This is a very busy time for Black River Good Neighbor Services as this local non-profit organization prepares to deliver gifts and a full holiday dinner to those in need. It is estimated that over 135 families from the immediate and surrounding towns will be helped this holiday season.
To help make this possible, BRGNS will hold a “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive on Saturday, November 30th. According to Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS, “This is one of our most important food drives of the year. It will take place at the Shaw’s shopping center parking lot in Ludlow from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.”
Food shelf volunteers will be handing out holiday dinner menus at the event and asking shoppers to help with the foods most needed: canned fruit, cranberry sauce, pickles – olives, mac & cheese, hot chocolate, cookies, tea, cereal (oatmeal), candy, carrots/peas, gravy, stuffing, margarine, corn, green beans, yams, and coffee.
Donations of money are always welcome and greatly appreciated since much food will still need to be purchased.
Volunteers are needed to sort the food as it comes in, and countless other tasks are required to make sure that the Holiday baskets find their way to everyone who needs help. Please call Audrey at BRGNS’ Food Shelf and Thrift Store, 228-3663 or visit 37B Main Street to ask how you can get involved.
Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle
Are you looking for a holiday gift that has a local flair and at the same time conveys a meaningful interpretation of the holiday spirit? Do you need to give a gift to someone who has everything? Would he or she like to share with those in need? Why not make a donation in the name of your loved one to the Black River Good Neighbor Services?
This year BRGNS will offer cards that you can personalize in return for a cash donation to its food shelf program and to its financial services program. This is a gift that keeps on giving, both to your loved one and to more vulnerable members of your community.
You can send the card to anyone on your shopping list. It will say that a donation was made in that person’s name to BRGNS. See Audrey, Terry or Keeley at the 37B Main Street Store in Ludlow, and ask about our holiday gift cards. You choose the amount that you want to give and BRGNS will give you the card. BRGNS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts to it are tax deductible. Call 802-228-3663 for more information on donating or on volunteering.
Submitted by Lynne Herbst
Katharine Britton’s first novel, HER SISTER’S SHADOW, was published in June of 2011, by Penguin, USA. Her second novel, LITTLE ISLAND was just released in September. Meet the Author at Mt Hpolly Library at 26 Maple Hill Road in Belmont, VT 05730 on October 23 at 7 PM. She will share her writing experiences and read from her latest book.
Advance Praise for Little Island included this comment by Howard Frank Mosher: “[A] deeply compassionate story of an extended New England family beleaguered by loss, misunderstandings, and terrible secrets… [Britton] understands how, through love, the human heart can overcome just about anything.”
Co-Sponsored by The Book Nook, 136 Main Street, Ludlow VT 05149. Books Available for purchase!
Submitted by Lynne Herbst
Vermont author Katharine Britton will share her writing experiences and read from her latest book at the Mt. Holly Library on October 23rd at 7 pm. Katharine’s first novel Her Sister’s Shadow explores the complications in family relationships. Lillie Niles lives in England and returns home after a 40 year absence to attend her brother-in-law’s funeral. She is faced with childhood memories and the task of dealing with her aging big sister. Little Island just released in September also deals with family complexities. Family members with diverse personalities come together to celebrate the life of their Grandmother. The author draws us into the action with plausible situations that could be true in any family. Superb descriptions of the New England coast appear in her books. The reader becomes swept up into the landscape and natural beauty of the settings.
Britton has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and has taught at The Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth and at Colby Sawyer College. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television contest. Katharine is a member of the League of Vermont Writers and The New Hampshire Writer’s Project. Join us and hear how Ms. Britton weaves her stories. Free and open to the public this event is co-hosted by the Book Nook in Ludlow, Vermont and books will be available for purchase.