Beirut Explosion

From Wikipedia:

Ammonium nitrate is a white crystalline solid consisting of ions of ammonium and nitrate. It is predominantly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer and is readily available.

Its other major use is as a component of explosive mixtures used in mining, quarrying, and civil construction.


BCTV Schedules – Week of August 3, 2020

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

Monday, August 3, 2020

4:00 am Taconic Music Summer Concert Series – 7/11/20 Concert
5:00 am Vote for Vermont – Linda Joy Sullivan
6:00 am St. Michael of Brattleboro Catholic Mass – Mass from this Sunday
7:00 am PR Benefits – Episode 10 – Barb Harris and Sharon Kreherp
7:30 am The Quarantine Sessions from Next Stage Arts – Sunny Lowdown


Vermont School Re-Opening Date Is Tuesday, September, 8, 2020

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott has signed a Directive officially setting Tuesday, September 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools.

“Schools should take this extra time to make sure systems are ready and effective, so we can deliver for our children, and build confidence in the public education system’s ability to be flexible and responsive,” said Governor Scott. “I know none of this has been easy, and I appreciate and have faith in educators and school boards, because I know they are 100% committed to giving kids the educational opportunities and support they need.”

Originally announced on Tuesday, the directive requires all public and independent schools to open for in-person or remote instruction on September 8, with an exception for schools primarily serving students with disabilities, which can restart operations prior to September 8. The Secretary of Education will have oversight and authority in the implementation of the order and local school officials and governing bodies are required to consult with, and abide by, the direction of the Secretary of Education.


BCTV Schedules – Week of July 27, 2020

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 7/27/20

Monday, July 27, 2020

4:00 am Mr. Scammer – T.J. Donovan
4:30 am Northgate TV – Gentle Yoga 1 with Emily
5:00 am Slow Living Summit – Sandra Steingarner 6/5/20
6:32 am Slow Living Summit – Coop Ownership 6/10/20
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast


The Evolution of the Brattleboro Colonel

Colonels 1958

The Brattleboro Colonels’ mascot is again being questioned. As it currently exists, it is a cartoonish characterization of a southern colonel, along the lines of something you’d see at a fried chicken franchise. It should be retired and replaced.

That said, the current version is not quite what was originally intended.

Joe Rivers, local history teacher and a president of the Brattleboro Historical Society, explained that for the first half of the high school’s existence there was no sports team name or mascot. “When the school was located in what is now the municipal center the sports teams were just known as Brattleboro. The sports editors assigned nicknames, often associated with the last name of their coach, but there was not an official name until 1950.”


BCTV Schedules – Week of July 20, 2020

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 7/20/20

Monday, July 20, 2020

4:15 am Somerville Museum – Reading Frederick Douglass Together
5:00 am Slow Living Summit – Sandra Steingarner 6/5/20
6:32 am Heartline Ministries – Adoption Part 2
7:30 am The News Project – Press Pass – 7/1/20
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast


FOMAG Cancels Guilford Labor Day Music Festival

Friends of Music at Guilford regretfully announces the cancellation of its annual Labor Day Weekend Festival due to the COVID pandemic.

Traditionally, the two-concert event includes a Saturday evening organ program, and a Sunday afternoon lawn concert at the Organ Barn in Guilford, featuring the Guilford Festival Orchestra. The organ concert highlights Friends of Music’s 1897 “tracker-action” pipe organ, which was installed in the barn in 1964 by late organist A. Graham Down, founder of the annual event.

In making the announcement, Friends of Music president Jenifer Ambler noted that this is the first time the event has been cancelled in its 55-year history. “The organ program, being indoors, has always gone ahead, no matter the weather,” Ambler said. “The barn is too small, however, for our 45-piece orchestra and the several hundred folks in our audience, so on a handful of occasions the orchestral program has been moved by rain to either Guilford Central School or Broad Brook Community Center. But this is our first-ever cancellation.”


The Business of America

President Calvin Coolidge once said “The business of America is business”. He really meant it. Everything else is window dressing.

There’s an elite class of business people who control things (and have forever). Their interests dominate all others. They can’t be voted out. (Most of them work behind the scenes and hold no office at all). Money is speech. All we can do is roll with the punches.


VJC’s 45th Annual Summer Workshop Goes Virtual With Zoom Into Jazz!

The Vermont Jazz Center will celebrate its 45th season by offering an online version of its annual Summer Jazz Workshop from August 9-14, 2020. In the spirit of moving forward, the VJC has developed a structure to share the love of jazz and the wisdom of the faculty as a temporary replacement for its traditional summer jazz workshop in Putney, Vermont. This year’s program features an expanded faculty, a new take on masterclasses, plus two new features: “Hot Topics” and “Zoom Tunes,” as well as a composition course led by Helen Sung as part of our theory curriculum.

Called “Zoom Into Jazz,” 2020’s workshop welcomes a handful of new masterclass instructors on bass (Linda Oh, Genevieve Rose, David Picchi), drums (Clarence Penn, Corey Fonville), piano (Shamie Royston, Maya Keren, Miro Sprague), trumpet (Rachel Therrien, Ray Vega) and saxophone (Felipe Salas) to complement VJC’s stellar faculty (see below for a full list). The masterclasses will focus on different, daily topics – transcribing, comping, improvising, electric or acoustic instruments, note sets, etc. Each teacher will define the parameters of their own offerings.


Education Reimagined

The challenges to re-opening the public educational system are rivaling the challenges of providing health care during the pandemic.

This country has a historical commitment to provide public education through grade 12. It has struggled with budget constraints and political pressure to provide the best education possible for students, but the pandemic has forced the system to the breaking point.

Some politicians want to open the public school system by September, but their plans lack detail and they will put a lot of people’s lives at risk. Despite the threats from one of the most ignorant and intellectually challenged presidents this country has ever seen, governors know that they will be able to move more carefully because ninety percent of their funding comes from local and state budgets. That provides a bit of a financial safety valve but little comfort for a safer future for this country’s students.


BCTV Schedules – Week of July 13, 2020

BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 7/13/20

Monday, July 13, 2020

4:50 am Slow Living Summit – Ben and Jerry’s – Reducing our Carbon Footprint
6:00 am Montpelier Happy Hour – And the Legislature recesses… thanks, COVID-19
7:00 am Montpelier Happy Hour – Racial justice and political courage
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast
9:00 am Community Forum – With VT State Reps Tristan Toleno, Emilie Kornheiser, and Mollie Burke 6/20/20