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Message from the Board Chair

June at last ─ when schools let out, windows open, and the days stretch ever longer. While it’s certainly a liberating time of year, it remains a busy one for WGBY.

We start the month off with the WGBY Asparagus Festival on the Hadley Town Common. This event is not only the last major fundraiser for the station’s fiscal year, but it’s also an important chance for us (station members, sponsors, producers, etc.) to meet each other face to face. It’s a free event (with suggested donation) that provides live music, children’s games, PBS Kids characters, local food and beverage and, perhaps most importantly, booths hosted by dozens of the region’s farmers, artists, artisans, organizations, and vendors. It is a lot of work, but it pays off in relationships that matter for a more connected community. We hope to see you there.

And speaking of a connected community, WGBY’s locally focused magazine-format show Connecting Point will finish strong as it wraps up its seventh season. But don’t worry: CP will return after its summer hiatus for another year of in-depth regional reporting and eye-opening profiles.

Another local production, As Schools Match Wits, wraps up its season as well. For 56 years, this high school quiz show has posed teams of witty teens against each other. We all love to watch as the contestants represent the area schools we know and remember. Tune in for the Championship Match to see which team will take home the Collamore Cup.

June is an on-air fundraising month ─ the last of this fiscal year. As you know, public television stations across the country are able to broadcast the PBS shows you love and the local productions that matter due to the donations given by members. We’re fortunate in western New England to have an engaged core membership. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have ideas about the forthcoming fiscal year or suggestions for local Connecting Point segments, we hope you reach out to the station and share your thoughts. After all, this is a public television station, and you’re a valued member of WGBY.

See you this summer.

Crist Myers Chair,
WGBY Board of Tribunes