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Local Literacy Center

Marks 25th Anniversary

Bright Hill Press founder Bertha Rogers addresses a crowd gathered at the literacy center’s library to celebrate Bright Hill Center’s 25th anniversary and to hear readings from the press’s new anthology, “Like Light” (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

Bertha Rogers accepts a framed copy of U.S. Rep. John Faso’s remarks, which will be entered into the Congressional record.

TREADWELL – Celebrating 25 years of existence, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center made several announcements about the current state and the future of the Treadwell-based literary center at a special event today.

Founder and Executive Director Bertha Rogers was on hand to debut Bright Hill Press’s newest anthology “Like Light,” published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bright Hill with poetry and prose from 220 poets and writers.

Rogers also announced the dedication of Bright Hill’s reading room in honor of her late husband, Ernest Fishman, who served as the literary center’s president until his death in 2016.

Rogers accepted a framed copy of comments delivered today by Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhbook, which he will enter into the Congressional record. As part of the ceremony, statements from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were also read.

Board of Trustees President Michael Hammerslag also announced that after 25 years of service to the literary center, Rogers would be stepping down as executive director, at which point, Beatrice Georgalidis was introduced as the new executive director. After running the center for 25 years, Rogers is excited to be able to focus more on her own writing once more, while still remaining an active member of Bright Hill Press’s daily activities.


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