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Jim Thorpe to be focus of WVIA's "Our Town" documentary series

Published September 06. 2012 05:02PM

Jim Thorpe will be the next town featured in WVIA's "Our Town" documentary series. It all begins on Thursday, Sept. 13 in the auditorium at St. John's Lutheran Church located at 611 North Street (East Side) in Jim Thorpe, as WVIA holds a volunteer planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. All residents of Jim Thorpe are encouraged to attend.

The "day-in-the-life" one-hour video scrapbook will focus on the people, places and happenings of Jim Thorpe, as seen through the eyes of its residents.

At the volunteer planning meeting, residents from Jim Thorpe will discuss which landmarks, events and local stories the program should tell about their town. WVIA will answer questions about the project during the meeting and ask volunteers to brainstorm a list of subjects and events to videotape. The volunteers will later videotape the footage around Jim Thorpe with the help of WVIA to create the documentary. WVIA hopes to recruit 20 to 25 area residents with personal camcorders.

Anyone interested in being a videographer and/or storyteller for the program should contact WVIA "Our Town" producer, Lisa Mazzarella, at 570-602-1164 or by e-mailing

"Our Town: Jim Thorpe" will debut in December on WVIA-TV.

As northeastern Pennsylvania's public television station serving a very large geographic area, the "Our Town" project was initiated in an effort to involve the communities and their residents with WVIA. The "Our Town" documentary series is intended to treat viewers to the many personalities, perspectives, and possibilities that local towns have to offer.

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