GNAT to Launch Community News and Citizen Journalism Program
Greater Northshire Access Television, the region’s Community Media and Training Center, launches a Community News and Citizen Journalism Program. The program will be two-fold: to provide local news and information not covered through traditional media outlets; and to engage the community to participate in the news gathering and local story telling process.
‘The News Project,’ as it will be known, will feature local newsmakers and focus on issues impacting southern Vermont. Content will include items such as, local government reporting, state legislative updates, business and economic news, arts, entertainment and hyper-local issue-based reports in both written and video form. The program will eventually include a citizen journalism component to train and empower citizens to use digital media to toll their own stories. The local content will be distributed on GNAT’s Comcast Cable Channels and on its website, gnat-tv.org.
GNAT executive director, Tammie Reilly states, “Local news coverage is shrinking and corporate media is not providing the depth of coverage nor the local focus that we need to be informed and engaged citizens. This is an immense project for our small organization, but now is the time to move forward to play a role in meeting our communities’ local information needs. I am particularly excited about working directly with our local citizens to shape and build a community news organization that addresses the issues important to our region. Community input and involvement will be essential to the success of the project.”
GNAT’s Board of Trustees President, Scoop Maginniss states: “My hope is that our communities will rally behind the project, participate in it shaping its priorities, volunteer their time and donate money to support it”.
GNAT-TV is one of 25 community media centers broadcasting public, education and government content. GNAT serves the southern Vermont towns of Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Peru, Sunderland and Winhall on Channels 15, 16 and 17; Londonderry and Weston on Channel 8 and 10; and Stratton om Channels 8, 10 and 18). Programs may also be viewed on gnat-tv.org, on the peg.tv channel on Roku and on YouTube. For information, call 802-362-7070.
Yesterday’s Cuba: A Historical Context to Our Close Neighbor
Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the history of Cuba at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, with Dr. Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Professor Szuchman will talk about the historical, economic and cultural frameworks through which we can appreciate the complexity of Cuba’s historical development and contextualize more richly its awkward relationship with the United States. From a limited level of importance to Spain’s extraordinary Atlantic empire, Cuba takes on economic and geo-political importance in the second half of the 18th century. Its economic take-off initiated a series of cultural and demographic changes that altered significantly the nation’s history, ultimately converging and conflicting with the interests of an aspiring US empire. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
Local Arts on View at Londonderry’s Custer Sharp House
The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society presents its annual ‘Local Artists on Exhibit,’ Saturdays throughout August, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come enjoy the watercolors, oils, prints and even cell phone art by local artists Rebecca Alberti, Diane Bell, Lynne Fear, Elizabeth Gouin, Doris Ingram, Valerie Johnson, Shirley Litwak, Mona McGreevy, Christine Mix, Paul Myers, Haegan O’Rourke, Kim Ray, Lisa Sicotte, Martha Stevenson, Victoria Thomas, Marijke Westberg, Danny Wolf, Lynne Wunderlich and Helen Young. Also on display in the barn is ‘Londonderry Waters,’ an exhibit featuring artifacts used for Saturday baths and Monday wash days, including tools for transporting water, old tubs, drying racks and more, showing that bathing and laundry were very hard work! The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society’s Custer Sharp House is located at 2461 Middletown Road in Londonderry.
MCL Loans iPad, MacBook
Do you need to create a document or complete an online application and don’t have a computer at home or yours is in for service? Members of the Manchester Community Library can now borrow an iPad or a MacBook from the Library for a three-day period, free of charge. Library members 16 years of age and older are eligible. Loans are on a first-come, first-served basis. Conditions apply. For more information, call 802-362-2607.
Photos on View in Poultney
Poultney Public Library will be featuring the photography of Vivina Ciolli throughout the month of August. Ciolli, a resident of Salem, N.Y., likes to capture the scenic beauty of rural New York and Vermont in her colorful work. A percentage of any sales go to the Library, located at 205 Main Street in Poultney. For hours, visit poultneypubliclibrary.com or call 802-287-5556.
SVAC Bridge Game
Bridge players are invited to register with the Southern Vermont Arts Center for a ACBL sanctioned duplicate game to be held Monday, August 29, at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester. Masterpoints will be awarded. A registration fee of $75 covers both bridge and lunch. Participation is limited to 120 players, on a first come basis. Andy Avery and Linda Brockob will be directing. In tune with the theme, ‘The Art of Dining,’ participants will be able to bid on delicious fare from a variety of area restaurants, with proceeds from the auction benefiting the Arts Center. Contributions will be tax deductable, and will support children’s art programs at the Center. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., with play beginning at 9. To register, visit svac.org or call chairman Debbie Wight at 802-867-4246.