Vermont Partnership For Fairness and Diversity and African American Heritage Trail Create Opportunities For Poets Of Color

Mount Island is excited to announce that the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity (VPFD) and Vermont African American Heritage Trail—an initiative of the VPFD— have donated a total of $150 toward the Lucy Terry Prince prize. Celebrated poet Major Jackson, who lives and teaches in Vermont, will serve as judge for the inaugural Lucy Terry Prince Prize. Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. The donation will cover the $10 entry fee of 15 poets of color seeking to submit their work for consideration.

BCTV Schedules – Week of 2/17/20

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/17/20

Monday, February 17, 2020

5:00 am Brattleboro Democracy Forum at the Brooks Memorial Library – Drugs and the CIA, with Nick Biddle, 1/6/20
6:30 am Southern Vermont Live Music – The Butterfly Swing Band – Songs from Set 2 – 9/13/2019
7:00 am Michael Bloomberg 2020 – Vermont Organizing Kick-Off
7:30 am The World Fusion Show – EP 67 – Brazilliance with Derrik Jordan

Two Contested Seats for Windham Southeast School District Merged Board

Early voting is open. In person voting is on March 3.

There are two  three-year seats that are contested for the merged school district. These seats will set the tone for the next few years. So far the merged (against our will) board has done a tremendous amount of work with much more to come. Seven of the eight members of the current board were strongly against merging which helped this first year of operation to be collaborative rather than contentious. This sense of collaboration is critical for our merged schools to not become like many other areas of the state.

Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Bobby Watson & Horizon

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes Bobby Watson and Horizon on Saturday, February 15th at 8:00 PM. Watson, on saxophone, will be joined by Rising Stars Jazz Award-winner Giveton Gelin on trumpet and a rhythm section comprised of members of the original group: pianist Edward Simon, bassist Carroll V. Dashiell and the legendary drummer Victor Lewis.

Horizon is a supergroup that performs straight-ahead, acoustic, hardbop music. According to band leader Watson, his composing style and the group’s sound is influenced by Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Sly and the Family Stone. Horizon does not play covers, they definitely play jazz.


I just heard via NPR, that a single admission to Disneyland costs just $209, 00.

Ain’t that just special?

Fear, not: It still costs only $25.00 for parking.

AAUW Offers Scholarships

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – The Brattleboro Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is again offering scholarships of up to $1000 each to qualified female candidates who are residents of Windham County.

Both graduating high school senior girls and mature women continuing their higher education are eligible to apply.  Applications will be judged on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and financial need.

AAUW Valentine Fundraiser at Welcome Center

GUILFORD, Vt. – Valentine treats are some of the items that will be offered by the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women at their fundraiser at the Guilford Welcome Center Friday, Feb. 14.

Profits from the event will benefit the AAUW scholarship fund that provides annual scholarships for female high school graduates and mature women working on degrees.

BCTV Schedules – Week of 2/10/20

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/10/20

Monday, February 10, 2020

5:00 am Brattleboro Reformer Presents – Windham County’s Got Talent 1/30/20
6:50 am At BMAC – Artist Talk with Doug Trump 1/16/20
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Daily Episode
9:00 am Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts – Lisa Mackie
10:06 am Gematria Today – Episode 12

Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney Citizens Invited to February 11th School Board Candidates Forum

The Windham Southeast School District (“WSESD”) school board will host a forum with candidates running for school board on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, at 6pm, in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Area Middle School (BAMS). BAMS is located at 109 Sunny Acres Road, Brattleboro. Enter via the main entrance and proceed straight ahead. 

Art for Social Change Program at River Gallery School 2020

The River Gallery School of Art has received funding from The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, The Anne Slade Frey Fund, and the Windham Foundation to continue their Art for Social Change Program. The program, which started in 2019 focuses on the healing aspects of art and mindfulness for marginalized populations, community caregivers and the general public. The emphasis of these classes, offered free of charge, is not on art technique but offering an opportunity to play with art materials in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Dave Richardson and Tom Pirozzoli at Stage 33 Live

Tom Pirozzoli is celebrating Reckon by the Light, the newest CD in his 40-years-and-counting career. He got his start busking on street corners and performing at anti-war rallies, eventually finding his way into the coffeehouse scene. His Fast Folk Music recordings are now part of the Smithsonian’s collection. He was named a winner in MUSICIAN magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Contest in the early ’80s, and has shared stages with artists like Greg Brown, Jesse Winchester, and Doc Watson. “Pirozzoli’s observations and travels bring seemingly dissimilar elements to harmony.” — Boston Globe

BCTV Schedules – Week of 02/03/2020

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/3/20

Monday, February 3, 2020

5:00 am Dummerston Conservation Commission – Living with Black Bears with Jaclyn Comeau 1/14/20
6:30 am The World Fusion Show – EP 66 – Arcomusical
7:00 am Heartline Ministries – God In Flesh
7:55 am Promo – NOFA VT Winter Conference
7:56 am Census – 2020 Census – What is the 2020 Census

WSESD Board and Committee Meetings

The Windham Southeast School District Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in the Windham Regional Career Center’s Cusick Conference Room, 80 Atwood Street, Brattleboro.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Kristina Naylor

Windham Southeast School District Programmatic and Performance Equity Committee Meeting Agenda

The Windham Southeast School District Programmatic and Performance Equity Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.


I. CALL TO ORDER – Emily Murphy Kaur, Committee Chair

II. Approval of Minutes from January 6, 2020

BCTV Schedules Week of January 27, 2020

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/27/20

Monday, January 27, 2020

5:00 am Brattleboro Rallies – Vigil for the Homeless 1/14/20
5:45 am First Wednesdays – Food Across Borders
6:25 am Census – 2020 Census – Every Moment Counts
6:26 am Promo – NOFA VT Winter Conference
6:30 am Racism in America – Episode 3 – Xusana Davis