4 Decades of Opening Windows to the World: Mountain Lake PBS Turns 40!

On March 6, 1977, Mountain Lake PBS first came into our living rooms.

Le 6 mars 1977 est le jour où Mountain Lake PBS a fait sa première apparition dans nos salons.

The world of television and media was very different 40 years ago. There were only a few channels, and instead of HD, 3D and 4K, we had black and white with static. By the time Mountain Lake PBS began broadcasting, we understood television had the power to change lives and allow us to share and shape human experiences.

Le monde de la télévision et des médias était bien différent il y a 40 ans. Il n’y avait que quelques postes, et contrairement aux formats HD, 3D et 4K, nous n’avions que la télévision en noir et blanc. 

Together we marveled at the fall of the Berlin wall.  Together we delighted in Charles and Diana’s wedding, and together we sat in stunned wonder as we watched humankind walk on the moon.

Thanks to your steadfast and generous support, we have watched history unfold – together.

Milestones give us cause to reflect upon the past, but as Mountain Lake PBS celebrates its 40th anniversary, we are looking towards the future. From one television per household to a mobile device in every pocket, everything about the way we watch, engage and learn is changing. Public media faces more challenges than ever before, but in this age of 4,000 cable channels and media consolidation, of Youtube and fake news, the need for noncommercial independent media like Mountain Lake PBS could not be clearer.

As if our big anniversary wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, we are excited that we are now able issue tax receipts for Canadian donations!  

Comme si notre anniversaire n’était pas une raison suffisante pour célébrer, nous sommes maintenant en mesure d’émettre des reçus pour les fins d’impôts pour vos dons canadiens!

YOU have been, and always will be, the key ingredient to our success.

VOUS avez été, et serez toujours, l’ingrédient clé de notre succès.

(Ms.) Ronit Yarosky

Director of Donor Engagement and Partnership Development / Directrice, Relations avec les donateurs et développement de partenariats

Alice Ferris – From Mr. Rogers to a Lifetime in Public Media

Many of us recognize Alice Ferris – the face behind Downton Abbey pledge drives.  But Alice’s involvement with PBS started nearly at birth – and has been a driving force behind most of her career and great success in the world of fundraising and public broadcasting.

Alice is a first-generation American, born of Taiwanese immigrants, Chien-Chuan and Mei-Yun Lin.  “One of the things my mom told me,” Alice explains, “is that based on her own personal experience, she knew that she needed to move to the United States.  She knew that if she stayed in Taiwan and had a daughter, she might not have as many opportunities”.

Alice considers herself an ‘inaugural PBS kid’.  From Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street to an esteemed career in public media, she not only appreciates what PBS has meant for her own life, but truly understands how important public media is for everyone.

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The 6th Annual BRUSH OFF Painting Competition and Exhibition is around the corner!

Avenue Art is back with the annual “BRUSH-OFF”, the Juried Painting Competition that raises awareness and funds for art based projects for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

For the first time, Mountain Lake PBS is partnering with the dynamic Marina Cutler and Avenue Art for the BRUSH-OFF.  Together we will spotlight artists, the community and the projects that will directly benefit from some of the funds raised.

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A Big Thank You to Our Most Loyal Donors

Maggie Barakaris, owner of Mouton Vert; Bill McColgan, President & CEO, MLPBS, and Marina Cutler, President of E=MC2 Events

On May 18, 2017, some 40 of Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS’s most loyal donors gathered to be honoured and thanked for their twenty+ years of support.

Organized by the dynamic and incredibly talented Marina Cutler, long time supporter of Mountain Lake PBS and President of Montreal’s E=MC2 Events, the celebration was held at Galerie MV in Notre-Dame-de-Grace and was spectacularly and generously catered by the fabulous Mouton Vert Restaurant. The evening was MC’d by CJAD’s morning man, Andrew Carter and featured a private “Roadshow d’Antiquités à Montreal” courtesey of Anna Kaufer from Coach House Antiques.

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40th Birthday Bash at the Mountain Lake PBS studios in Plattsburgh

Boy – do we know how to put on a party!

Over 600 people attended our 40th anniversary celebration on July 7 at the MLPBS studios in Plattsburgh.  A family-oriented event, kids and adults like enjoyed Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, clowns, balloons, a DIY ice cream sundae bar, a photo booth, the opportunity to see yourself on TV – and much more.

We look forward to another 40 years of serving the community but we can’t do it without you, our viewers and members.  THANK YOU for supporting us for all these years and we hope you’ll stay with us for another wonderful 40 years.

If you are ever in the Plattsburgh area(it’s only an hour or so from Montreal!) and would like to visit the studio, please get in touch with Ronit Yarosky ryarosky@mountainlake.org / 514-882-5223 to coordinate a visit!  We love to have our donors come see where it all happens.

Special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers, board members and event sponsors: Taylor Rental PlattsburghStewart’s ShopsBest Western Plus PlattsburghMidas Automotive PlattsburghCasella and Parc Safari.

Join us for White Nights Wine Tasting at Montreal’s Premier Urban Art & Event Cellar, Galerie MV

Part of MCs “UnCorked for a Cause” wine tasting series celebrating Mountain Lake PBS’s 40th Anniversary!

On Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30 pm, join us for a delicious wine tasting and food pairing experience with a menu thoughtfully created by Maggie Barakaris owner of Mouton Vert and Galerie MV along with her partner in Galerie MV and host of Mountain Lake PBS’ The Brush Off Competition, Marina Cutler.

Joining Marina & Maggie, will be a wine expert and enthusiast and all will be available to discuss wine/ art and to celebrate Mountain Lake PBS’s 40th Anniversary.

$125 @person plus tax and gratuity.

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ORIGINS Youth Project – brings together youth from Montreal’s Kanienkehá:ka (Mohawk), Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities

One June 29, some 45 youth from Kahnewake’s A:se Tahonatehiaróntie youth group, Congregation Dorshei Emet, the Muslim Association of Canada and the Montreal United Church gathered at the Kanienkehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center to share stories, break down stereotypes and ask each other questions.

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À la recherche de bénévoles pour les traductions anglais vers français!

Looking for volunteers for English to French translations.

Notre super stagiaire Alexandra Ferland a terminé son stage avec Mountain Lake PBS avec beaucoup de succès, et nous avons besoin de votre expertise!

Si vous êtes disponible de nous offrir vos talents avec les traductions pour nos bulletins, site web etc, vous êtes les bienvenus!  D’habitude nous n’avons pas trop…. mais c’est normalement un peu dernière minute.

Si vous pouvez donner de votre temps, svp contactez-moi, Ronit Yarosky, ryarosky@mountainlake.org




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If you would like to support our work of bringing the arts, culture, current events and well-researched and objective journalism to thousands of people in YOUR community, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

More than ever before, PBS is an important voice in our increasingly confusing world.

Ronit Yarosky



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