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BCTV Content Manager Jeff Mastroianni teaches Hilltop Montessori School intern Joshua Gentile how to run the audio board. BCTV was recently recognized with a national Hometown Media Award from the Alliance for Community Media.

BRATTLEBORO >> Brattleboro Community Television has won a national Hometown Media Award from the Alliance for Community Media in the category "Overall Excellence in P. E. or G. Access" for stations with budgets under $300,000.

"PEG" is short for Public, Education, Government, the types of programming produced at public access centers.

To enter, BCTV submitted a 20-minute video with excerpts from 15 programs produced by staff and volunteers in 2015, along with a description of BCTV's services and reach. BCTV staff will accept the award in Boston at a conference in August.

"The significance of the award is that it recognizes the entire scope of work produced at BCTV over the year, not just one program," said Cor Trowbridge, executive director. The Hometown Media Awards category description states: "The Overall Excellence award recognizes access organizations for their overall operational activities and programming efforts for the year 2015."

This is the fifth year in a row that BCTV has won at least one Hometown Media Award.

To view the video submission, visit www.brattleborotv.org/bctv-highlights/acm-hometown-media-awards-winner-bctv-overall-excellence-peg.


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RISE of Peace appoints local intern

BRATTLEBORO >> Danny Burns an MA Candidate in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, from Sandusky, Ohio, will be RISE of Peace's first intern to lead a tradition of volunteer graduate students from colleges offering peace study programs. Prior to graduate school, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer from Azerbaijan and Georgia, where he worked on youth development in conflict areas.

RISE of Peace Inc. is a global peace education program for public or private secondary schools. It is a Vermont non-profit corporation, designated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity.

The RISE curriculum teaches critical thinking about the origins of conflict and solutions for peace. Each curriculum is tailored for a specific school at no cost. RISE presents an opportunity for any school to expand its educational curricula to include the fundamentals of peace and certain conflict resolution skill sets. Volunteer professionals representing RISE of Peace Inc. confer with school administrators or faculty to create a relevant supplement to an existing school course. For more information, email Jeffrey Teitel, lawyer1env@aol.com

Brattleboro Music Center purchases new property

BRATTLEBORO >> On July 8, the Brattleboro Music Center took ownership of the former home of the Winston Prouty Center on Guilford Street. BMC's goal is to build an artistic home for music education, practice and performance for Brattleboro and the region.

Winston Prouty recently purchased the property once occupied by the Austine School of the Deaf.

When BMC first moved to Walnut Street, 40 years ago, the space was thought to be "temporary." Plans to renovate and expand the existing facility into a new music school and also build a new performance-quality auditorium recently received approval by the Development Review Board. Construction will begin this summer. Transforming the current building will be the first order of business, with the goal to relocate the music school from Walnut Street next summer.

Westminster Cares board meets

WESTMINSTER >> The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met June 8 at the Westminster Institute at 4:30 p.m. with President Connie Sanderson presiding. The following board members attended: Reggie Borden, Robin Lawrence, Sally Ryea, Lori Larue, Miriam Lanata, Pete Harrison, Heidi Anderson and Director Donna Dawson. Barbara Sherrod and Don Dawson were unable to attend.

Westminster Cares creates opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community. Your support to this care-giving organization is a way for all of us to take care of our friends. Anyone interested in learning more about Westminster Cares, volunteering to deliver meals on wheels or driving neighbors to doctor appointments, working on a committee, making a contribution or attending a workshop may contact Donna Dawson at 802-722-3607 or by email at wecares@sover.net. Visit www.westminstercares.org or find Westminster Cares on Facebook.

Services Provided in May: Volunteers delivered Meals On Wheels five days a week to 12 different people; uring the month of May, 10 rides were provided by six volunteers who drove seniors to medical appointments; shopping and rehab appointments; and the community nurse made nine home visits on behalf of nine seniors for medication management, blood pressure checks, foot care and hospitalization follow-ups. The nurse also saw an additional seven seniors at the monthly blood pressure clinic at senior lunch.

Memorial and Honorary Donations for June 2016: In memory of my mother, Pat Jennison, for Mother's Day from Cheryl Jennison; In memory of Reggie Cote from Miriam and Larry Lanata; In memory of Lee Sanderson on Father's Day from Connie Sanderson.