Vermont Public Television receives 2010 EDGE Award

first_imgThe Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) will recognize Vermont Public Television with a 2010 EDGE Award to for demonstrating the great potential of digital television. The EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.“This year our EDGE Award recipients have a common theme—they use their broadcast and other resources to draw upon the energy and engagement around some of the most pressing issues affecting our country—jobs, education and health care,” said Larry Sidman, President and CEO of APTS. “These projects show that stations are moving beyond traditional broadcast and are engaging their communities in new and innovative ways. Audiences are reached through over-the-air, online, and on-the-ground partnerships, impacting their communities in ways that really set them apart.”Sidman said: “Vermont Public Television teamed up with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Law School and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to carry out a multi-faceted, multi-platform, month-long community engagement campaign that brought together national and local television broadcast components, in tandem with Web-based and community forums to create open discussion about the challenges, solutions and impact of mental illness on Vermont communities.”“This award is especially meaningful, because it recognizes the importance of all three platforms of the project—over-the-air, online and on-the-ground—in raising awareness of and decreasing the stigma attached to mental illness,” said project head Elizabeth Ottinger, Director of Community Outreach at Vermont Public Television.Specifically, the October 2009 campaign augmented the national broadcast of the Fred Friendly Seminar Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness with a day-long legislative event at the Vermont Law School for legislators, and five town hall screenings that brought together legislators and community leaders to form action plans to advance various strategies to promote a greater awareness and understanding of mental illness in Vermont. Oliver Goodenough, professor at Vermont Law School and a Co-Director of the MacArthur Education and Outreach Program, expressed gratitude for the EDGE Award to the Minds on the Edge project. “Mental health issues are at the heart of many of our most difficult challenges in law,” he said. “We were pleased to be able to be a part of this important initiative and to help our legislature grapple with these thorny problems.”“Vermont Public Television’s month-long campaign has had an exceptional impact across the state, but it also has had a profound impact outside the state,” said Richard Kilberg, President of Fred Friendly Seminars. “We have presented Minds on the Edge to mental health professionals, citizen groups and policymakers at conferences across the country throughout this past fall and winter, and we have repeatedly held up Vermont as the model of how to use a public media project to move public dialogue. The story of their success has inspired stakeholders in numerous other states to bring key constituencies together around this public media program and work together to transform a badly broken mental health system.”“We are proud of the role Dr. Thomas Simpatico, our Director of Public Psychiatry, played in helping educate the public about mental health and the legal system in both the national Minds on the Edge program, as well as in Vermont Public Television’s statewide town meetings and “Public Square” program,” said Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “Dr. Simpatico has been an advocate in our state to bring attention to this issue, facilitating dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure patients and their families can navigate the system to get the care they need.”Connie Stabler, President of the Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness-VT, said, “NAMI-VT is honored to have partnered with Vermont Public Television as a participant in the Minds on the Edge Project. Following the public screenings, community leaders, legislators and others joined families, friends and individuals living with mental illness in town-hall style meetings around the state for continued dialogue on improving treatment options. In our state where one in five people are affected by serious mental illness, this program provided a public service in educating the public and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.”In 1980, America’s public television stations created the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) as their premier advocate. For the past thirty years, APTS has been the voice of the public television station community – offering member stations and future leaders of public television unparalleled opportunities for impact. Find out more at www.apts.org(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON— February 23, 2010 — APTS# # #last_img read more

Mr. Lloyd Alan Harris

first_imgMr. Lloyd Alan Harris, age 69, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 22, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late, Lloyd Sheldon and Burnetta G. (Gullion) Harris. Alan was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1968 graduate of the Madison High School in Madison, Indiana. Alan majored in biology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, until he was in an accident his senior year of college. He was united in marriage to Sharon Bear. Alan was later united in marriage to Rebecca Sue Robinson on September 3, 1990, at the Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot, Indiana. This happy union was blessed with three sons, Travis, Christopher and Danny. Alan was later united in marriage to Carolyn Sarah Mahan on September 10, 1999 in Covington, Kentucky. Alan and Sarah shared seven years of marriage together until she passed away on September 25, 2006. Alan owned and operated the Alan Harris and Sons Appliances in Vevay, Indiana, for 34 years. Alan was a former member of the Millwright Local Union No.1076 of Greenwood, Indiana and Millwright Local Union No.1003 of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alan was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #185 and the Sons of the American Legion Post #5396. Alan enjoyed playing euchre at the Legion and VFW and swimming, but most of all, spending time with his loving grandchildren. Alan passed away at 2:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2019, near Vevay, Indiana.Alan will be missed by his sons, Travis Harris of Vevay, IN, Christopher Harris and his wife, Amanda of Vevay, IN and Danny Harris and his companion, Skyla Allen of Patriot, IN; his grandchildren, Cassius, Jonah, Tripp and Jexlynn Harris; his step-sons, John Davis and his wife, Bethany of Crittenden, KY and Cory Davis of Crittenden, KY; his sister, Paula Ann (Harris) Dodd of Madison, IN; his nieces, Kimberly Newlin of Birmingham, AL, Jennifer Wester and her husband, Derek of Birmingham, AL; his nephew, Brian Dodd of Madison, IN and his great-nieces and nephews, Cole, Lily, Ella, Whitten and Sutton.He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Sheldon and Burnetta G. (Gullion) Harris, died August 18, 1997; his wife, Carolyn Sarah (Mahan) Harris, died September 25, 2006; his brother-in-law, Edward Jacob “Ed” Dodd, Jr, died August 7, 2018.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, August 26, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 26, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Guy S. Harris Scholarship Fund c/o CFSCI or to the Harris Park c/o Patriot Posey Park Board. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more