Nancy A. Olson

Film shines light on fourth graders and their quest for world peace

Film shines light on fourth graders and their quest for world peace

‘World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements’ at Epsilon Spires is first in a series exploring radical pedagogy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education at all levels is in flux. In response, Epsilon Spires is sponsoring a film series focused on radical pedagogy.

A communications center that seeks social impact through art and science, Epsilon Spires is hosting the series on alternative education models “to encourage discourse towards positive change.”...

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Yellow Barn Music Haul brightens the scene

Mobile music venue pressed into service to brighten the dark days of the COVID-19 battle

At this challenging time of disruption and social distancing, when people need something to help cheer them up, it's Yellow Barn Music Haul to the rescue. The Music Haul, a retrofitted 17-foot U-Haul truck, is visiting area food drops, nursing homes, health care institutions, and housebound individuals, to play...

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Food drive a success

The Putney Foodshelf's sixth annual Top the Truck event of Sept. 25 brought in 2,590.5 pounds of food, thanks to the generosity of community members. The food is now sorted and put on the shelves, and the cases of food that donors ordered through the Putney Food Co-op at...

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Moonlight and Magnolias and Bananas and Peanuts

It's 1939. Producer David O. Selznick, unhappy with his efforts to bring Margaret Mitchell's blockbuster novel, Gone with the Wind to the silver screen, has halted production after three weeks of filming. He's unhappy with the script that multiple writers have struggled to tame, and he's just fired the most recent one. He's also fired the film's director, George Cukor. Selznick moans that it's costing him $50,000 a day to idle cast and crew, but he wants to get it...

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Putney Central School students raise funds for Putney Foodshelf

Three students at Putney Central School donated $145 to the Putney Foodshelf on Dec. 22. The students held a bake sale during the school's annual holiday gift bazaar on Dec. 8. Eighth-grader Jenna Powers and seventh-graders Raina Armour-Jones and Fern Patton came up with the idea on “Walk-to-School Day,” which was Oct. 11. The girls talked about how Christmas was coming, and they wanted to perform acts of kindness. “We all have had friends who have used the Foodshelf,” Armour-Jones...

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In the rain forest, the urge to marry for love

In the movie “Tanna,” the setting isn't the “fair Verona” of Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet.” Rather, it's an island of that name in the archipelago of Vanuatu, a republic formerly known as New Hebrides, located east of Australia in the South Pacific Ocean. This story of star-crossed lovers centers on the Yakel people, a traditional rain-forest-dwelling tribe. Members of the tribe collaborated on the writing of the script and acted all the roles in this film and, although they are...

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Thanks to Landmark College for the warm reception

More than 120 alumni of Windham College, which closed in 1978, attended the recent reunion held in conjunction with Landmark College's 30th anniversary celebration in Putney. Our alums were deeply impressed not only with the improvements and additions that Landmark has made to the former Windham College campus, but also with the way Landmark carries out its mission to “transform the way students learn, educators teach, and the public thinks about education,” to quote from the Landmark College website. Windham...

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Away from the numbers

Many people, when they hear the word “calculus,” immediately make excuses about how they never understood math to begin with. Not so the 18 students in Kevan O'Donnell's Advanced Placement Calculus class at Brattleboro Union High School. On May 28, these students participated in “Theorems Out Loud,” an event during which each one recited from memory a calculus theorem to an assembly of their peers in the BUHS auditorium. A theorem is a general proposition not self-evident but proved by...

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