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May 2, 2022

Weekly Highlights

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This week on Common Ground: 

What does the "Ways and Means" Committee do, and why does it matter? 

NH State Representative Mary Hakken-Phillips shares why she was compelled in 2020  to run for office for the first time, joining fellow freshman NH Rep. Russell Muirhead with VT Reps Becca White and Jim Masland on Episode 4 of Common Ground.  Topics include contrasting experiences legislating in VT vs. NH during the pandemic, with a deepening of the partisan divide in NH and the challenges for freshmen legislators to build relationships with each other and across the aisle to "get the work done."

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Dartmouth Sings a cappella

Talk about high notes. Seven colleges sent singing groups to perform at the 18th (almost) annual a cappella concert in Brattleboro. One stood above the rest— The Dartmouth Sings ran away with the show with performances of Carrie Underwood's Before He CheatsWork Song by Hozier, Daoi Freyr's Think About Things, and Back Pocket by Vulfpeck.

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"Wheels and Waves" Substance Abuse Assistance

U.S. Representative Peter Welch. of VT and Dr. John Brooklyn of the Howard Center address bipartisan congressional grants and efforts to bolster medically-based substance abuse treatment and recovery programs to fight an epidemic devastating our communities exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. 

Green Shaksuka for Earth Day

Cooking for the Earth

Missed the class?  Catch it on CATV's JUST IN YouTube playlist! Green Shakshuka is loaded with power greens like spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts, then eggs are nestled in to poach gently.  Learn how to make this all-purpose vegetarian dish that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Food Education Specialist Lindsay Smith. Produced by Hanover Co-op Food Stores in partnership with CATV.

SUCH Wow on CATV YouTube:

Created by Chico Eastridge, CATV Senior Producer

"Local people reenact and reinterpret things from the Internet"

April 22, 2022 with a live studio audience at the Briggs Opera House 

Chico opens the show with a reenactment of Brad Nealy's "The Professor Brothers - Bible History #1 (Sodom & Gomorrah)" you won't to miss!   

(5 min. watch)

Then check out Matt Mazur's dramatic reading of Peter Chimaera's "Doom: Repercussions of Evil"  or, heck, why not watch the whole show with audience jumping in for Internet Game Shows, Coco Fox, music and more!

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Local Government & School Boards on CATV 

Pictured: Lebanon , NH SAU88 School District Meeting  4/27/22

Find local government and school meetings for Hartford, Norwich, and Hartland, VT; Hanover, NH and Lebanon, NH (school only).

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Upper Valley Religious Services on CATV 

Pictured: St. Denis Vigil Mass, Hanover, NH  4/30/22

Join your local house of worship or visit a new one Sundays.


@CATV Podcasts

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"A beautiful facade" on Intersections Podcast

In episode 7, our guest relates their story of falling out of love with the Upper Valley: the ugliness they have uncovered behind the community’s beautiful facade, the false lure of inclusion disappointed by the enduring reality of the harm being caused to black and brown bodies here in this space, in these times.

To share your story or questions with co-creators Michelle and Julius, you’re invited to email them at:


Poetry Month on SHELP HELP Podcast

Episode 3 honors April’s poetry month with a selection of poetry from each bookseller. You will be inspired to read each recommendation!

Shelf Help is a collaboration between the Book Jam, a nonprofit designed to inspire readers; CATV Upper Valley media community; three Upper Valley bookstores: Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT; the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT; and Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH.


@CATV in the Briggs, the Upper Valley & Online


Flex your filmmaking for cash money & fun this weekend! 

CATV’s spring 2022 48-hour Film Slam competition kicks off this Friday, May 6 at 6 PM at the Briggs. At the launch meeting, participants will receive film slam criteria including genre, prop, and line requirements. Then, the clock starts ticking! Films must be under 8 minutes and submitted by 6:30 PM Sunday, May 8 for final screening & awards ceremony at 7:30 PM at the Briggs Opera House.

Participants may enter as solo filmmakers or as a team.  Sliding scale entry fee (recommended $25).

Show us what you've got!  


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Americana Review this FIRST FRIDAY at the Briggs

CATV is partnering with Here in the Valley and 7 Stars Art Center to present an AMERICANA MUSIC REVIEW live and livestream from the Briggs Opera House this First Friday in White River Junction, VT.

Friday, May 6 at 7pm 


Allison Fay Brown, Ethan Lawrence, Alex Kelly, Ben Kogan & Jes Raymond

Tickets at Side Door

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CATV is a proud presenting sponsor of

WRIF 2022

White River Indie Films (WRIF) Festival 2022 delivers two weekends of new global cinema that puts a lens to our changing world. Ten feature films and an array of shorts at the Briggs Opera House, a free outdoor screening in Lyman Park, a showcase of local filmmakers, panel conversations, movie trivia night, parties, and more.

May 20-29

White River Junction, VT

Schedule & passes now available:

For early-bird pricing before May 1, use discount code: WRIFEARLYBIRD


@CATV's "jamLABs" with local media professionals & jam CAMPs for kids

Find upcoming jamLABs media workshops and REGISTER here

jamLABs run through May 29 at CATV

$35/jamLAB, $90/3, $240/all 10 (tuition assistance available)


Wednesday 5/4 6-9pm

at the Briggs Opera House

Video Game Design

with Elinor Dooley

With an eye to the importance of the design process, this workshop will explore strategies for thinking about and creating games. We’ll engage with the basic elements of some of the games we know and use them as a springboard for creating strong experiences for players in our own games.

Elinor Dooley is an explorative storyteller and designer with a passion for video games and film. She received a BA in film and digital arts from Dartmouth where she worked as an assistant game designer at Tiltfactor, TA'd for video art and game design courses, and was a video editor at Activision. She will attend USC's School of Cinematic Arts. in the fall.


Saturday 5/7 10a-1pm

Digital Editing

with Tamsin Orion

Learn the basics of turning raw camera footage into a story, using professional digital edit systems such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and Avid. Everyone has a different edit style – try your hand to find the best part of the shot, string several shots together to build your story, and overlay audio elements to amplify the emotion.

Tamsin Orion is a documentary filmmaker and media producer recently arrived in the Upper Valley from the West Coast. She started in cable access television in Boston, which led to a master’s in doc film production from Stanford, then partnerships with NGOs and institutes of higher learning globally. With a focus on science and the arts, Tamsin works with large and small teams to inform, educate and entertain through digital media.


jamCAMP spots still available!

What’s your media jam, kids? 

Find out at CATV's jamCAMPs!

June 27 - July 1 Studio Production

July 5-8 Music Video Production

July 11-18 News & Multimedia Journalism

July 18-22 Animation Camp

July 25-29 Martial Arts Moving Making

Camp directors are media-making professionals supported by teen and young adult counselors.

Grades 5-12


Learn more and register here!

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CATV partners with the Vermont Access Network for HD (high def) community-produced content on Comcast 1070 (VT) and streaming everywhere.

CATV supports lifelong learning to engage the tools of media for individual and community expression in the Upper Valley.

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5 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001

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1 Gifford Road, White River Junction, VT 05001

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