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Message from the Board Chair

May is a time of investment. The toiling you do in the gardens now will pay off in summer vegetables and early autumn blooms. The spring air you allow in to circulate through your home today will make for a more enjoyable atmosphere
on those air-conditioned August days to come.

WGBY is making investments, too. Unlike commercial TV, however, public television doesn’t measure its success in profit. The “returns on investment” we expect to see from a nonprofit station like WGBY are things like increased awareness about local history and current affairs, improved math and communication skills among regional students, broader exposure to community diversity, and more creative and civic-minded thinking among station viewers.

This month, the station’s production team is putting its efforts into local programs that raise awareness about nearby people and places and address concerns about an important health issue affecting the region.

WGBY’s Connecting Point is hitting the road to explore Litchfield County. Then, on the evening of May 11, The Opioid Crisis: A Community Dialogue will give voice to the victims of addiction and their caretakers and providers. This special forum, in partnership with the Center for Human Development, encourages public participation using Facebook and Twitter hashtag #wgbydialogue.

The station’s events team is looking to bolster community engagement with the WGBY Asparagus Festival on Saturday, June 3. This is an amazing outdoor event, with many partners from Pioneer Valley and beyond. The Hadley Town Common will be filled with thousands of western New England neighbors, each coming out to “celebrate all things local and agricultural."
Indeed, WGBY takes all of its investments very seriously. After all, WGBY’s investments are your investments. You make this station and all it does, now and in the future, possible.
All we do, from PBS programming and local productions to educational support and community engagement, is designed to reap altruistic “dividends” in the form of a more connected, more informed region and a stronger, much improved western New England.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Crist Myers Chair,
WGBY Board of Tribunes