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Town Meeting Coverage

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:11 -- Patrick


It's been an unusual year, to say the least, and Town Meeting is par for the course. Some Towns are holding their informational meetings entirely remotely, while others are offering a "hybrid" format. We have and/or will be covering the Town informational meetings for Ludlow, Cavendish, Andover, Mount Holly, and Plymouth. 

We also have the school annual informational meetings for the Green Mountain, Ludlow-Mount Holly, Mill River Unified School Districts, and River Valley Technical Center, which were each held remotely over the past week. Thanks to our partners at SAPA-TV for providing us with the coverage of the meeting from the technical center. 

All Town and School District meetings can be viewed here on our website and will be televised on our Education / Government channel through Town Meeting Day (Tuesday, March 2nd), with the exception of Plymouth, which will be held on Monday, Arpil 12th. Regularly-scheduled programming will be pre-empted for a steady rotation of Town & School District meetings. Be sure to check our Schedules page to find out which meeting is on when (click on the Education / Government channel link) to check daily schedules. 


Green Mountain Basketball is ON!

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 11:45 -- Patrick

With the "green light" given by the State for winter sports competition to resume, we are assisting Green Mountain Union HS with the live streaming & broadcasting of hime basketball games! Thanks to Green Mountain's own Mr. Norm Merrill (who will be operating the camera), Athletic Director Mr. Todd Parah, GM's IT staff, and our video production & streaming equipment, we can bring you this coverage.
All home games will be streamed live on our You Tube channel.

They will then be available for viewing afterward here on our website...and on TV, on the Community Access channel (check the Schedules page to find out when the games are on TV!) Here is the schedule for the regular season.
Feb. 12 @ 6pm & 7:30pm (Girls Varsity / Boys varsity)
Feb. 15 @ 5:30 (Boys JV) & 7pm (Varsity)
Feb. 16 @ 7pm (Boys Varsity)
Feb. 22 @ 7pm (Boys Varsity)
Feb. 23 @ 6pm (Girls Varsity)
March 4 @ 5pm (Girls Varsity)
March 5 @ 5:30pm & 7pm (Boys JV / Varsity)
March 8 @ 7pm (Girls Varsity)
March 12 @ 5:50pm & 7pm (Boys JV /Varsity)

Share Your Snow Fun

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 12:51 -- Patrick

Do you have any photos or (better yet) video clips of snow sport activity? We're looking to expand our catalogue. Send what you have to us...we will edit them into short videos, such as station IDs, and provide proper on-screen credits. You can (send an email )or call the station at 228-8808. Here is the latest one- thanks to Rachael Hyjek for submitting the clips!

Special Presentation Jan. 27

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 09:42 -- Patrick

 We are teaming up with Cavendish Historical Society for a virtual presentation from Margo Caulfield on "Epidemics & Pandemics". The presentation will include information from special guests. It will take place Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm over Zoom. The presentation will cover the origins of pandemics/epidemics, their impact on history, including Vermont’s common characteristics, & the lasting changes that have occurred with past events. All are invited to attend. 

If you wish to attend, join here:.
Epidemics / Pandemics Time: Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 814 6583 1270 Passcode: 693327 Or to dial-in by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 814 6583 1270 Passcode: 69332 For those who simply wish to view / listen in on the presentation, we are also streaming the presentation live on You Tube. CLICK HERE to go to our You Tube channel .

John Specker Brings the Light

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 18:42 -- Patrick
One of our bright spots over the past year, which has no doubt come with its challenges, is John Specker. He's a local sensation who shares his musical gifts in our studio on the regular. Whether he's playing the fiddle or in this case, the banjo, he delivers with his brand of traditional American folk songs. Here he is with "The Old Bunch of Keys". And, no, that's not a fashion statement- during the pandemic he's been playing masked... leading by example as always. Thanks to you John Specker, for bringing us some light!

Special New Year's Eve Programming

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 18:46 -- Patrick

This year, watch the magic of First Night North from the comfort of your own home! Starting at 4pm on New Year's Eve on our Community Access channel (Comcast 1076 & VTel 166), we will be televising the virtual presentation of First Night North, thanks to our colleagues at Kingdom Access Television in St. Johnsbury. Presented ion partnership with Catamount Arts, this 8+ hour extravaganza is filled with a mix of performances by musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, comics, dancers, & a magician - entertainment for all ages! For a complete schedule, visit the Catamount Arts website.

Blizzard of 2020

Sat, 12/19/2020 - 10:56 -- Patrick

This snowfall was epic & historic. Local amounts totaled over 40 inches in under 24 hours! Yes, of course, it snows here. But we haven't seen anything like THIS in decades. Check out Pat Moore's video montage from the storm .
Do you have some of your own amazing footage or photos from the Dec 16-17th storm? We want to see them! We'd love to be able to use them on our community calendar or in other ways (here on the website, or in TV programs, for example). Proper photo credits will be given.  Send us an email , and we will coordinate with you!

Here is a photo submission from Kathy Ehlers, featuring Bailey the dog. Thanks Kathy!

Moments of Light

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 18:26 -- Patrick

It's the season of darkness, as we head towards the Solstice. And during this year in particular, which has been dark in other ways, it's been nice to see some light here & there. Kudos to the Town of Ludlow & the Rec. Department for the display out in front of the Community Center (where we operate). The illuminated tank and other holiday decor is bringing some joy as we come & go.

There's no way around it; it's been a tough year. But in the darkness, there have been moments of light. And now we want to piece them together into a collection. We want to hear from you! 

We'll kick it off by sharing one of our moments of light: the adaptability and resiliency shown by some of our members. One of the most obvious examples is Kata Welch, the Cavendish librarian. With the library shut down, then operating with restrictions, then closed again, Kata has been super resilient. She has taken her Story Time readings to the virtual world, recording a steady stream of them throughout the year, which we televise and put here on our website (and You Tube channel )

We are re-posting Kata's most recent, holiday-inspired Story Times below. Thank you Kata, for sharing the light with us!

What are your moments of light? We want to hear about them. We are launching a new project, to put together a collection of reflections from community members, sharing this year's "moments of light". 
Send us an email or call the station at 228-8808. Come on & share the light! Let's do this!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah

The Shortest Day

Green Mountain Boys' Soccer Playoff Run

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 17:53 -- Patrick

The Green Mountain Union High School boys' soccer team had a great playoff run to cap off an unusual season during this unusual year. And now you can watch both the semi-final and final games on Okemo Valley TV.  With special thanks to our volunteer crew of Elliot Thompson, Philip Malazarte, & Sara Stowell, we were able to provide a live stream (on our You Tube channel) of the Div. 3 semi-final game, at home, earlier this month. That game can be found here.

The State Final was a few days later, played at Hartford High School. The VT Principal's Association, in partnership with NFHS Network, provided coverage of that game & we have it. 

Over the upcoming holiday weekend, we are playing both games, back-to-back on our Community Access Channel. Tune in Saturday, Nov. 28th, starting at 1pm and 7pm, and Sunday Nov. 29th at 7pm.

"Make Yourself at Home" Concert Nov. 1

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 23:39 -- Patrick

“Make Yourself at Home” is the next virtual concert produced by Susan Haefner and Little Yellow House Studio.  The event will premiere online on  our YouTube Channel and on TV on our Community Access channel on Sunday, November 1 at 5pm. It will feature Susan and her longtime friend & musical collaborator, Lisa Brigantino, as well as special guests. The concert will include well-known folk and old-time tunes as well as Lisa’s original songs.

Susan & Lisa will be available for chatting during hte You Tube premiere. While there is no cost,  donations are gratefully accepted during the premiere. Contributions will directly support the work of Little Yellow House Studio Artists and Black River Independent School, the chosen charity for this event.

We are thrilled to have Susan & Lisa back for another virtual concert. You can still watch their last one here on our website, which was sponsored by Friends of Ludlow Auditorium this past May. In addition to all of the singing, Susan handled the audio and video production as well, earning her our 2020 "Outstanding Achievement" award.


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