Important information regarding the recent AMS power outage.

The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.

Thanks for your patience.

AMS Underwrites Local PBS Station's Auction Night

On Thursday, April 25, 2002, AMS staff, family and friends volunteered at the WSBE (Rhode Island's PBS television station) auction. The Society showed its support of PBS by underwriting the night and by providing volunteers to answer phones, act as auctioneers and bid-writers, move display tables, and handle the live telephone auction.

Training to answer phone bidsAuctioneers Mike Breen and Edward Dunne; bid-writer Raquel StortiAMS staff answering the phones

Gary Brownell, Deputy Executive Director, handed over the ceremonial check to station president Susan Farmer, and Public Awareness Officer Mike Breen and Editor Edward Dunne were on-camera auctioneers.

Staff from many departments volunteeredThe phone bank and studioTaking phone bids

The presence of AMS staff and the airing of a short spot about the AMS provided an opportunity for the Society to promote awareness of its missions and programs to PBS viewers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Taking phone bidsTaking phone bidsAt the tote board

Photographs by Natalya Pluzhnikov.

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