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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

“June is bustin’ out all over” as the Richard Rodgers song goes.  These glorious days have certainly been worth waiting for as we all reacclimate to a new, hopefully post-pandemic world and a more normal fun-filled summer ahead.

If you see a new face around our studios, that is Diane Dray, our new Programming Assistant, who will be performing many roles. She comes to us from KNX in Los Angeles. She grew up in Deerfield and is back “home” to help with caregiving for her parents. An experienced journalist, we are so lucky that she has joined our team and that she is so excited about our mission and what she can contribute.

June also brings our End of Fiscal Year Fundraising Campaign.  Your generosity is so appreciated as we continue to expand our coverage of all the latest developments with COVID and continue to work overtime to be the eyes and ears for our listeners to help them stay informed and connected.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

The reviews could not have been better for our first ever virtual statewide Volunteer Appreciation event held last month. We hope you all feel more appreciated than ever. The words of one listener said it all about what our volunteers do for them everyday:

"What readers do is not just a straightforward read, it's communicating and being with us and sharing what you have and brightening up people's days. . .You are a gift. . .you have no idea what you do for people and how you make us feel."

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

So much is being written and talked about in the last few weeks on what we have all been through the last year with COVID and how we are all considering making our "reentry" to "normalcy".

We had a ZOOM board meeting last week. I spent some time reviewing the last year and how we were able to survive and, despite the challenges, thrive. I marveled at how we achieved so much since the early darkest days of wondering how we would continue broadcasting for our listeners who would need us more than ever.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

We are excited to announce that we will be part of a statewide event on April 30 as part of Volunteer Appreciation Month to honor our amazing volunteer readers!!  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Audio Information Network (MAIN) and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, it will be a Virtual Volunteer Appreciation Event via ZOOM from noon to 1pm. More information will be forthcoming, but it will include messages of appreciation from MCB Commissioner David D'Arcangelo, legislators, and listeners. We hope you will be able to join us and feel more appreciated than ever!!

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Winter has certainly arrived but hasn't slowed us down a bit at Valley Eye Radio. Our studios at our new space at Springfield Technology Park are more professional than ever. The last boxes are finally getting emptied. When it is safe, we look forward to holding an open house so everyone can visit and see our progress. I would like to thank Ward Caswell from Beveridge Family Foundation for his generosity which has allowed us to continue to upgrade and provide higher quality broadcasting for our listeners who deserve nothing less.

Growing collaborations with Focus Springfield and the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts have enabled us to provide even more expanded local COVID-19 programming. In addition to our regular programming, our highest priority over the last year has been to bring our listeners all the latest news and developments during this pandemic.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Happy New Year to everyone!!

First I want to thank all who supported us on Giving Tuesday and during our End of Year campaign. We were able to reach our goals. Your kindness and concern for our listeners during these challenging times is so appreciated.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Well, we have moved, but we aren't exactly moved in. It will take some time to get settled, but we are officially broadcasting from 1 Federal Street at our new office at the STCC Technology Park.

Despite the inevitable disruptions from moving--especially the broadcasting equipment--Harold and Chris Tracy, our engineer, kept us on the air continuously for our listeners throughout the whole process.

That is quite a feat, and we are so thankful to them.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

What a year! What a month!

Changing our clocks for daylight savings and enduring more darkness, another surge for COVID downsizing the plans of many for the holidays, moving Valley Eye Radio to new space, and preparing for Giving Tuesday on December 1. Phew! If that wasn’t enough, we have been working day and night with local legislators to make sure we receive state funding from the much-delayed FY’21 state budget.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

We have great news!!

Valley Eye Radio has been very fortunate to have received a generous COVID-19 Stabilization grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. This latest round of coronavirus relief funds will provide us with much needed additional funding during these challenging times for non-profits and so many others.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Happy almost fall!! The unofficial end of summer is here and we are heading into the homestretch for 2020. There aren't too many people that I know who won't be very happy to see this year end.

Still, we have months to go and so many uncertainties remain. One of them is that half of our annual budget usually comes from state funding, so we continue to await a final state budget to enable us to know our financial picture going forward for the fiscal year that started July 1. The current interim state budget ends October 31, but with no word on possible federal dollars coming to the states, a final state budget still seems elusive.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Thirty years ago at the end of last month, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. It is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on a person's disability. It was landmark legislation and a milestone in guaranteeing these rights to individuals with disabilities. Today, we must ensure that progress continues for those with challenges like our listeners have--the inability to read independently for a variety of medical and physical reasons.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Since my message last month, our state is starting to open up and some normalcy is returning. There are still many uncertainties ahead. Our lives will continue to be different for a while, but hopefully the worst is behind us.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Since my message last month, our state is starting to open up and some normalcy is returning. There are still many uncertainties ahead. Our lives will continue to be different for a while, but hopefully the worst is behind us.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

I think many of us are not unhappy to see the month of April pass. So many uncertainties and fears, so many new challenges, too much loss, and a growing need for our lives to return to normal and be able to connect face-to-face with others the way we used to do.

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

Hopefully you all saw the excellent and touching article "Keeping an 'Eye' Out For Those In Need" on the front page of the Sunday Republican by Executive Editor Cynthia Simison about our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS at Valley Eye Radio . It was part of their COVID-19 "Angels Among Us" series and shared our mission of keeping our listeners informed and connected. It stressed the need for our accessible service everyday, but also stressed how we are needed even more during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Cynthia, who truly "gets it", wrote so beautifully:

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From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

One part of being in this position that is constantly gnawing at me and that I spend a lot of time thinking about is: "Who aren't we reaching? Who could be benefiting right now from hearing our broadcasts? Whose quality of life could be much improved if one of our radios was near their favorite chair in their home?"

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