Plethoras & Myriads

For the duration of the current crisis, Mark Twain© would like to ask challenging questions, requesting your answers. Here are 2 questions for today.

How are the meanings of these two words similar, how are they different?
When would you use “plethora?” when, “myriad?”

BCTV Schedules – Week of 4/6/2020

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 4/6/20

Monday, April 6, 2020

5:00 am Winston Prouty presents – Family Matters Ep 26 – Community Collaborations
5:30 am Winston Prouty presents – Family Matters Ep 27 – Adverse Childhood Experiences
6:00 am Dummerston Conservation Commission – An Archaeological History of Vermont 10/23/18
7:15 am Dummerston Conservation Commission – Maps of Dummerston 11/12/19
7:55 am The Quarantine Sessions from Next Stage Arts – Online from Next Stage – The Quarantine Sessions and Cooped Up Kids

Historical News – 1918-19 Influenza Epidemic Waning in Brattleboro

Here’s a bit of historical news from the Brattleboro Phoenix, January 3, 1919. Most of the print space around this time was spent on news of the war in Europe, but this tidbit highlights a local issue.  It’s a story that suggests the influenza epidemic was winding down a bit in Brattleboro, but also gives some numbers and information for how it had progressed.

WSESU Board Announces Appointment of New Superintendent – Andrew Skarzynski

The Windham Southeast Supervisory Union School Board is thrilled to announce that Andrew Skarzynski has been offered the position as our new Superintendent of Schools. After an extensive four-month search process, the Board chose Skarzynski in part for his strong management skills, his experience with diverse student populations and his commitment to student centered learning. His start date is July 1, 2020.

“The Board looks forward to welcoming Andrew to our organization and to the families that we serve,” said WSESU Board Chair Kerry Amidon. “Andrew stood out among a highly qualified field of candidates for his passion and proven track record in making student-focused decisions. His strength as a communicator and a collaborative leader focused on building positive relationships will benefit our school community. We want to thank our entire community who played an active role during this very public process.”

WSESD Virtual Board Meeting Scheduled

The Windham Southeast School District Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Dummerston School. Please note that this meeting will take place remotely via GoToMeeting. It can accept up to 150 people, online or on the phone. The instructions to access remotely are listed below:

BCTV Schedules – Week of 3/30/20

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 3/30/20

Monday, March 30, 2020

4:00 am All Things LGBTQ – Interview with Fantasy Author Kathrin Hutson
5:00 am Windham World Affairs Council – Can Democracy Be Saved? (and Why Bother?) 2/21/20
6:30 am Montpelier Happy Hour – COVID-19 and the Cracks in the System
7:30 am Yestermorrow – Tiny House VT 2019 – Alexandre Landry and Jeremy Aranoff
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast

Vermont Schools Dismissed For 2019-2020 School Year

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today directed schools to remain dismissed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Districts will close schools for in-person instruction and be required to implement continuity of learning plans for remote learning. This extends the Governor’s previous directive dismissing PreK-12 schools from March 18 to April 6. 

This decision was made in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To minimize disruption to students’ learning, the Governor’s order directs school districts to come up with plans for distance learning by April 13. 

Bubblewrap Live on WVEW 107.7fm Tonight

This Wednesday evening (tonight), Lise and I will be hosting our radio show, Bubblewrap, live on WVEW-LP 107.7 FM. You can listen in over the air, or stream the signal from

We won’t be violating any stay at home orders, either! We will be attempting to host our show from our home, send a stream of that signal to the station, and then have the station pick it up and broadcast it to you.

BCTV Schedules – Week of March 23, 2020

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 3/23/20

Monday, March 23, 2020

4:15 am 1st Wednesdays – Adventures In Looking At Art with Mara Williams
5:00 am Current Topics in Science Series – Leslie Kanat, Ph.D.
6:15 am Current Topics in Science Series – Anthony D’Amato, Ph.D.
7:30 am Call to Action COVID-19 – Panic buying – will our food chain hold up?
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Daily Episode

Rabbi Weiss Was Not Billy Graham

Rabbi Weiss Was Not Billy Graham

The Rabbi was our synagogue’s spiritual leader for a decade or more. Since it was my childhood, it seemed like forever. Then he got fired. My parents were not happy. The governing board soon replaced Rabbi Weiss with a younger guy, who wore a United States Air Force uniform at his very first public appearance at the Jewish Community Center of Bayside Hills.

Holy Coincidence, Batman – Scientists Modeled Hypothetical Pandemic

“Scientists at… Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security modeled a hypothetical pandemic on a computer as part of research last October- three months before the deadly outbreak in China. The exercise was not intended as a prediction – but rather served to highlight how governments and industry would respond in the case of a very severe pandemic.”

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts Responds to COVID 19

Following advice and common sense, Mitchell-Giddings has made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors until further notice even as we remain open online for purchases and gallery activities (or at 802-251-8290).

We gladly welcome scheduled gallery visits by appointment.

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Coming to Brattleboro in September

I recently had the honor of hosting BCTV Open Studio with Lenny Derby, Vermont Chapter president of Vietnam Veterans of America.  Lenny is spearheading an effort to bring the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall to Brattleboro in September. This is a very important undertaking and deserves the support of the community. Please watch the show and find a way to support this worthy endeavor. Thank you.

BCTV Schedules – Week of 3/16/20

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 3/16/20

Monday, March 16, 2020

4:15 am Current Topics in Science Series – Ginger Nickerson, Ph. D.
5:30 am Community Forum – Public Forum on Vehicle Break-Ins 2/29/20
7:35 am Yestermorrow – Tiny House VT 2019 – Vermont Solar Installers
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast
9:00 am Couch Potatoe Productions – Holocaust Survivor Mr. Elly Gotz 2/26/20

I AM…2020 Important Update – Rescheduled for May 2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT : I AM…2020 – The Statewide Exhibition
Coming to Southern Vermont (Posted to the Calendar for May 1 – May 31)

Given the current landscape with COVID-19 we want to be cautious and will be rescheduling the I AM… exhibition to coincide with Diversity Day celebrations in May 2021. If you have questions, please inbox curator, Shanta Lee Gander.

VT Schools To Close

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced Sunday that all pre-K-12 schools in the state will close no later than Wednesday and remain closed until April 6, according to a news release from Scott’s office.

Students are not required to go to school Monday or Tuesday, if their parents or guardians would prefer to keep them home, Scott said.

Attorney General Donovan Sues Clearview AI for Violations of Consumer Protection Act and Data Broker Law

Attorney General Donovan filed a lawsuit today against Clearview AI, a data broker that uses facial recognition technology to map the faces of Vermonters, including children, and sells access to this data to private businesses, individuals, and law enforcement. The complaint, filed in Chittenden Superior Court – Civil Division, alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and the new Data Broker Law. Along with the complaint, the State filed a motion for preliminary injunction, asking the Court to order Clearview AI to immediately stop collecting or storing Vermonters’ photos and facial recognition data.