Brighton Central School District, we miss you, too!

Brighton Central School District, we miss you, too!

On Avalon Drive in Brighton at the BCSD Motorcade: John with Gertie, Ruth atop Kim, 4/15/20 [Photos: David Kramer]

For years now, we’ve covered the Brighton Central School District. (SEE AT END)

This evening, the District outdid itself with a “Staff Drive Through Town to Say Hello” motorcade from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, undeterred by a light dusting of April snow. (see video)

Corner of Antlers and Avalon. In the background are John, Gertie, Ruth and Kim

A seemingly endless caravan — honking horns, waving arms, big smiles and decorated with signs such as “We Miss You,” “Stay Active,””Stay Strong,” and “Brighton Believes in You” — were cheered by (social distancing) students, parents, neighbors and friends.

A BCSD 6th grader and 4th grader. Guessing the taller one is the 6th grader.

The motorcade was a whole lot better than a ZOOMed virtual class. BCSD, stay safe and thanks for all you do.


Young citizens show their mettle at the Brighton High School Walk Out

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Still at Twelve Corners Middle School

Introducing Patrick Boese, Brighton High School ’19, and The Top 10 People to Run for President and Lose

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Wildcats strike out our undermanned Barons


Congratulations Barons on a magical season.


In grand fashion, Brighton celebrates its volleyball champions and the first Boys state team sports title in school history


In search of Shirley Jackson and finding the Brighton High School Alumni author display case

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1995 “Billy Pilgrim” pilgrimage to the Mt. Hope grave of Edward R. Crone Jr, Brighton High School ’41

Nazareth College’s President Daan Braveman on defining moments and his own March on Washington, August 1963

Brighton High School loses one of its two great sportscasters, Hank Greenwald ’53

Dr. Harold Pollack left Brighton as a conservative and returned a liberal

A poem from former Degrad Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, BHS ’80. And advice to young writers.

One of Brighton High School’s Fab Five is back in town

Eric Kemperman, Brighton High School ’81, is back in town and sledding!

Bruce returns from Cambodia with “Umpire State”

Talker’s foreign correspondent in Cambodia and the plaques in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Highland Park.

Brighton fans celebrate hometown hero Ernie Clement in victory

Local philatelist faults Talker’s Edgerton Park hoopla. Et tu,Tucker?

Marie Kondō, can you green up your act? By Leslie Kramer

Filmic evidence shows I “froze” at the 1976 Brighton Little League All Star game and other Brighton memories

Five years ago when Michael Raff found his perfect mark. And over 70 years of history at the B’Nai Brith bowling league

From Brighton to LA: Andria Langston, a bright actress sharing her light with the world

Getting To Know Svet Radoslavof, Brighton High School ’05; A Groundbreaking Hip Hop Violinist and Influential Figure In Music

Brighton girl taking feminist humor big time

This is what Happiness Looks Like


The First Presidential Yard Sign in Brighton in this Winter Snow

Brighton Town Councilmember Robin Wilt pitches in at the Game at the Corners


Site says Brighton is best place to live in New York

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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