Vermont Public Television plans new magazine show

first_imgVermont Public Television, Vermont’s statewide public television network, is making plans for a new, locally produced magazine program on air and online with the working title ‘Green Mountain Guide.’ VPT aims for an early 2012 launch of a weekly showcase for interesting people, regional culture, outdoor experiences, local history and important public issues.  Audiences will notice a few other changes to VPT’s production landscape. The call-in program ‘Public Square’ will not return this fall. While VPT plans to continue its examination and discussion of important issues, they will be handled during the magazine show or through more prominent special reports.VPT will continue to broadcast its venerable interview program, ‘Profile,’ each week but does not plan to produce new episodes for the fall. ‘‘Profile’ has introduced us to some fascinating people,’ Scott said, ‘but after a decade in production, we want to change things up. This doesn’t mean we will end our conversations with interesting people or our long relationship with ‘Profile’ host Fran Stoddard. There will be room for both in VPT’s new local production plans.’ ‘We know Vermonters love Vermont,’ said Kathryn A. Scott, chief content officer for VPT, ‘And we know our audiences have a real thirst for information and entertainment that enlightens and enriches their understanding of the world. With ‘Green Mountain Guide,’ we hope to give them a slice of what they crave: even greater knowledge and appreciation of the people, places and ideas that make Vermont unique.’‘We intend to offer a combination of timely reports, in-depth conversations and fascinating stories you won’t find anywhere else,’ Scott said. VPT hopes to make the ‘Green Mountain Guide’ a permanent part of its lineup but will begin with a short-term commitment and then assess audience response and options for longer-range support.‘Green Mountain Guide’ will be just part of a new approach at VPT. ‘We want to get even more from our production efforts around the region,’ Scott said. ‘We are mindful that our supporters literally invest in our efforts, so our team works hard to be practical, frugal and nimble in our approach to storytelling.’‘We are more than a statewide television network. VPT provides an extensive public media system which can help people make real, human connections throughout New England,’ Scott said. ‘Vermonters are active people with busy lives. We need to offer our content where and when it’s convenient for them. For example, we routinely make our programs available online or out in the community, sometimes even before airing them on TV.’New projects in the pipeline include a focus on some of Vermont’s summer music workshops and festivals, including the KoSA International Percussion Workshop, the Manchester Music Festival, the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Grace Potter’s Grand Points North festival. Short video stories from these events will air during local slots that are part of the new PBS Arts Fall Festival beginning in October. Expanded versions will appear in ‘Green Mountain Guide’ and a locally produced performance special.Also coming in October, VPT-produced stories about bootleggers and rum-runners in Vermont will debut as companions to ‘Prohibition,’ a new PBS film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Then, new episodes of VPT’s award-winning ‘Emerging Science’ will kick off PBS Science Wednesdays to complement new seasons of ‘NOVA’ and ‘Nature.’This approach is designed to make it easier for audiences to find new content right next to similar programs they already enjoy. It also will give VPT a chance to cover many more topics without the heavy commitments required when undertaking lengthier documentaries or single-subject series.VPT. 9.14.2011last_img read more

How To: Buena Vista, CO

first_imgEver fanaticized what it would be like to take a trip to the Wild West? To journey to a place where cottonwood trees grow like massive arms from the banks of the Arkansas River and the snow-covered peaks of the Sawatch Range highlight the arid landscape? Take a drive down Main Street in Buena Vista (or BV) one time and you’ll get all of this. The San Isabel National Forest and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area surround BV, so you’ll need to bring your bike, boat, and running stuff, because this place has it all.IMG_4034PlayThe Numbers section of the Arkansas River is deemed the best Class IV run in the state of Colorado, and arguably the country. This big wave, hole dodging, thrill ride will weave you through a stunning western landscape at the foot of the Collegiate Range. Take HWY 24 from Buena Vista towards Leadville for approximately 14 miles to access the put-in. You can also slide into the river one mile below the AVA’s Rafting Post in Granite. Either park a car at the Railroad Bridge, six miles downstream, or just float the 11 miles back to Buena Vista hitting the Class III Fraction’s section as well. Tight channels, steep drops, and quick moves make this a classic summertime run.IMG_3930 IMG_4084 _MG_7576StayThe outstanding scenery, clear skies, and “Wild West” feel beg for a night spent under the stars. BLM land surrounds the town making the possibilities for a (free)backcountry camping endless. Look up CO 304 when you go. You can find small primitive car camping spots dispersed along the length of the road. The camp spots are situated above the town and stare at Mount Princeton. You won’t even need to drive your vehicle into town the next day because singletrack connects downtown to CO 304._MG_9287 _MG_9293_MG_7579EatThe eateries are plentiful in Buena Vista. Start the morning with a coffee from Buena Vista Coffee Roasters. The WiFi connection is strong so you can work here all day if need be. The breakfast burritos are a town favorite, especially right before a ride or paddle. When you are finished running around for the day head over to the Rock House for amazing sandwiches or their signature bowls. If you’re craving a beer with your dinner and want an awesome wood-fired pizza, head to Eddyline Brewery in South Main._MG_9264 IMG_4002Like what you see in this post? Check out some of our favorite apparel and shoes from La Sportiva, the Damascus Elite hiker sock from Farm to Feet, and the always comfortable Crazy Creek chair.last_img read more

DABA Closing Ceremony

first_img 66 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association(DABA) closed the basketball season with a grand closing ceremony held at the Public Service office building on Valley Road. Attending the ceremony were Marketing person from Lime (Main Sponsor) Ms. Ferdina Frampton, other sponsors, players, coaches and referees.The activity started at around 7.30 pm with the national anthem, welcome remarks by the president Dave Baron and remarks by Ms. Frampton representing Lime. After this official part of the ceremony the awards were handed out to deserving officials and players/Coaches.The Following referees were recognized for their long service to the game of basketball, Mr. Augustus Harris, Donald Burton, Allan Morris, Leroy Dover, Russell Moreau, Harold Julian and Yuhedi John. In addition all referees who participated and volunteered their services were given appreciation awards.Also all the coaches who participated in the coaching clinics were also recognized and certified by the DABA, the individuals were Brian Longin, Garth Joseph,Mickey Joseph, Perry Payne, Garry Benjamin, Derek Alexander, Edgar Robinson, Bob Christmas, Shannon Vidal, Kevin Stephenson(Spikes). The president of the association Mr. Dave Baron announced that the following two coaches Mickey Joseph and Garth Joseph were recommended by the expert to Federation of International Basketball to become license international coaches.Following the above activities the trophies and awards were presented to the champion teams and top players, see below for list1.Lime National Champions Premier Division – Gatorade Blazers2.Lime National Champions Division 1 – Wesley Raptors3.1st Runner up Premier Division – No Look4.1st Runner up Division 1 – Goodwill Starz5.Regular Season Champion Premier Division – Signman X-Men6.Regular Season Zone A Division 1 – Goodwill Starz7.Regular Season Zone B Division 1 – Paix Bouche Snipers8.MVP Premier Division Finals – Thomas Felix of Gatorade Blazers9.MVP Division 1 Finals – Steve Hypolite of Wesley Raptors10.Top Scorer Premier Division – Garth Joseph11.Top Scorer Division – Yannick Regis12.Coach of the Year Premier Division – Mickey Joseph of Signman X-Men13.Coach of the Year Division 1 – Bob Christmas of Wesley Raptors14.Most Rebounds in Final Game of Premier Division – Sean Reid of Gatorade Blazers15.Most Discipline Team – TF Gand Fond Balltricks The President of DABA also gave special appreciation awards to Mickey Joseph and Edgar Robinson for their years of dedication and service to the sport of basketball. The Aid Bank contributed financial assistance in the amount of 3500 dollars to the basketball association at the closing to assist the Dominica National Team. The DABA based on a request from the Head Boy of Convent Prep for basketballs to assist in their basketball program and was approved by the President. Two mini basketballs were then presented to a member of the family of the head boy who could not be present at the function.In conclusion the PRO Mickey Joseph of the association thank all the sponsors, players, coaches, referees, media for all their support and assistance during the 2011 basketball season. Mickey JosephDominica Amateur Basketball Association NewsSports DABA Closing Ceremony by: – October 17, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Disney’s “Lion King” Remake Breaks Box Office Records on Opening Weekend

first_imgDisney dominated at the movie theater this weekend.The company’s remake of “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, raked in a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office, and an early global total of $531 million.That earns the movie the position of biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth biggest launch for any movie. It also tops the final “Harry Potter” movie, which took in $169.2 million during its opening weekend, for a July title.Overseas, “The Lion King” earned a $269.4 million this weekend, largely the result of a strong showing in Russia, Australia, and the entire Latin America region.The overall foreign total of $346 includes $97.5 million from China, where it actually debuted early last weekend.Although the film opened to lukewarm reviews, ticket buyers awarded it an “A” on CinemaScore.The movie’s star-studded voice cast features Donald Glover serving as the voice of Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other characters from the 1994 original. In addition, James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.Favreau is also known for directing Disney’s remake of “The Jungle Book.”last_img read more