AUBURN, Mass. – The Board of Selectmen is working with the Local Channel Committee to add closed captioning to Auburn's local access cable channels, but it needs the public’s help in determining how many people would use the service.
Selectman Denise Brotherton, who has been working on the project for two years, said she wants residents who are hard of hearing, in addition to their friends or relatives, to contact the selectmen’s office if they would benefit from closed captioning.
Joe Hamel, a member of the Local Channel Committee, said the committee has the necessary funding for the closed captioning equipment. However, it needs a number of people who would benefit before closed captioning can go up.
“Mrs. Brotherton has been working on this for two years, trying to get a number of people who would utilize this service, and we’ve tried all over and we don’t have a number,” Hamel said. “So she’s trying to reach out and give us a number that we can use.”
In addition, Brotherton said the selectmen need to find someone to volunteer to work the closed captioning. There is no funding for the typing position, but there’s a possibility that senior citizens in the senior work program could get a deduction for doing it.
If there are stenographers, typists or court reporters who would like to volunteer their time, contact the selectmen’s office at 508-832-7720.