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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Native American involvement in protecting key natural resource
    Program Topic: Wabnaki Basket Making and Maine’s Brown Ash Trees
    Key Discussion Points:
    ·What is the historical significance of baskets and basket making in Wabnaki Culture?
    ·What were early interactions between Wabnaki people and European settlers and how did baskets figure into later economic and cultural relationships in the 20th Century?
    ·Tell the story of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the role it is playing to celebrate and support basketmaking as part of today’s Wabnaki culture and economy.
    ·Brown Ash trees provide the primary material for basketmaking. How are individual trees selected? Describe the process of creating basket-making material.
    ·What is the status of Brown Ash trees in Maine? Difference from White and other ash?
    ·What is the threat from an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer … what do we know about the insect, its life cycle and it’s likely / potential impact on Maine’s brown ash resources?
    ·How does the emerald ash borer “move” and expand its range from Michigan, New York and Quebec? What environmental factors are behind its spread?
    ·What are the goals of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative project on Brown Ash and how is your team and partners approaching the work?
    ·What are some of the ways to limit the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in to Maine?
    ·What is needed in the way of education?
    ·What policies are in place and what more is needed to limit the spread of ash borer?
    ·What additional research is needed into the problem?
    ·Are Wabanaki people exploring alternative resources, or thinking of ways to stockpile brown ash in any way to soften the potential impact of emerald ash borers?
    ·What most excites you about this project, and do you find hope in working as part of a larger collaboration?
    ·What would you hope a young Wabnaki basketmaker in 2030 would say about your work today?

    Darren Ranco, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research University of Maine
    Coleen Teerling, Maine Forest Service
    Butch Jacobs, Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities
    Program Topic: Fisheries Heritage and Downeast Fisheries Trail
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What are some of the most significant changes you have seen in your lifetime or before in our fisheries? For example: salmon, lobster, herring, cod, alewives, clams etc…
    b)Why should we care about these changes? What has been the impact of these changes on our communities?
    c)Why should visitors care about fisheries heritage?
    d)Tell us a little bit more about the Downeast Fisheries Trail, what are some of the sites on the Trail, what fisheries do they highlight (past and present) and why?
    e)What do you expect will be some of the tangible and intangible benefits of the DFT for communities? For fishermen and their families? For visitors?
    f) Where can listeners learn more about your organizations and about the Downeast Fisheries Trail?
    o www.DowneastFisheriesTrail.org (and on Facebook)
    o www.lobsterinstitute.org/
    o www.mainesalmonrivers.org/
    o www.penobscoteast.org/

    A) Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation
    B)Cathy Billlings, Lobster Institute
    C)Senator Dennis Damon, Trenton Maine

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Paul Anderson, University of Maine Sea Grant
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Issue: Marine resources development
    Program Topic: Sea Weed Aquaculture

    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    a) History of Ocean Approved, Inc. producing cultured sea weed food products
    b)Seaweed Aquaculture – process, species, research and development
    c)Seaweed Products and market opportunities
    d)What is Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture – defined and developments
    e) What are Potential User Conflicts and integration with commercial fishing
    f) How does seaweed aquaculture fit into Maine’s Seafood industry in general

    A) Sarah Redmond, Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    B) Dana Morse, Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    C) Shepp Erhardt, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
    D) Tolef Olsen, Ocean Approved, Inc. (by telephone)

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Community and local theater

    Program Topic: Raise the curtain—Local Theater in Three Coastal Towns

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. Each guest provides brief background on themselves and their organization…
    2. What experience drew you to theater and how did you come to coastal Maine?
    3. Each guest invited to give a more detailed description of their company/ organization?
    4. Your mission and vision… examples of how that mission comes alive…
    5. What does it take to draw the best from your actors and crew? What do they gain from learning the craft and performing?
    6. What do you hope your audiences gain (what is common for most productions, and what varies, depending on what is being performed?)
    7. What does it take to operate a non-profit theater / theater company? What are the challenges and rewards?
    8. What ways can community members participate in your company?
    9. What does the wider community gain from having live, locally produced theater in its midst?
    10. What do you draw, by way of inspiration, from the human community and the landscape of Coastal Maine, in which you practice your art?
    11. Each guest invited to describe the upcoming season, especially summer offerings and contact information for each company / theater

    A) Alicia Hynes & Daniel Mahler, Harborside Shakespeare Company, Bar Harbor
    B) Bill Raiten, New Surry Theatre, Blue Hill
    C) Judith Jerome, Opera House Arts, Stonington

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Renewable Energy Options

    Program Topic: Community and Ecological Impacts of tidal energy in Cobscook Bay
    Key Discussion Points:
    Sustainability Solutions Initiative… what is the overall approach and who funds it
    How does tidal energy fit into the search for alternatives to fossil fuel energy?
    What is happening in Cobscook Bay / Eastport to develop a tidal energy alternative?
    Ocean Renewable Power Company’s approach and generally, how its technology works? What is the current status of operations?

    A) Teresa Johnson, UM School of Marine Sciences
    B) Gayle Zydlewski, UM School of Marine Sciences
    C) David Hart, Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, UM (recording)
    D) John Ferland, Ocean Renewable Power Company
    E) Will Hopkins, Cobscook Bay Resource Center

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Issue: Community affairs
    Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Hancock County Leadership Program
    Key Discussion Points:
    · What led to the creation of the program?
    · What are the goals of the Hancock County Leadership program… how do they compare with the goals of other leadership programs?
    · What are the basic elements of the program? How do you approach the notion of “leadership”? What are expectations of participants?

    A) Bonnie Sparks, Director Hancock Cnty Higher Ed. Center & Member of steering committee for leadership program
    B) Patrick Maguire, Dwight Brown Agency, 2012 program
    C) Leita Zeugner, Bar Harbor Bank, 2011 program
    D) Bill Cohen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs Verso Paper (Host Business)
    E) Mark Politte, Stanley Subaru, Employer sending participant

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Issue: Education

    Program Topic: Renewing the Courage to Teach
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What drew each of you to work in education? Are there other factors that inspire teachers older and younger to take up the “leading forth” or education of the next generations of learners?
    b) What are some of the values of the profession? (what values do teachers profess?)
    c) What are some of the conditions and external factors that cause teachers to lose heart?
    (criticism about teacher effectiveness, failing schools, policies that dictate teaching to the test, larger class sizes, lack of resources for amenities, etc)
    d) What “dark nights of the soul” have you encountered personally in your careers in education?
    e) Who is Parker Palmer, and what led him to his work at the Center for Courage and Renewal?
    f) How do you introduce and follow Parker Palmer’s approach here in Maine… one day workshops and 2-3 day retreats… what is the format and content you employ… what is in store for participants in the upcoming retreat at Cobscook Community Learning Center on June 27-29? (share the shape of the days and some of the questions you will ask)
    g) Based on your past work, what in this approach most resonates with participants? How have they benefited, as individuals and as educators?
    h) What personal practices help all educators with the courage to teach… where can teachers learn more, get support for themselves?

    A) Richard Ackerman, UM College of Education and Human Development
    B) Doug Babkirk, UM Cooperative Extension, Portland
    C) Carrie Callahan, Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Issue: Local education
    Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Program Topic: Montessori Education at Belfast’s Corner Spring Montessori School
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What are the basic elements of a Montessori education (Self- Construction, Liberty, Spontaneous Activity) and how do these match with children’s development?
    b)Talk about the “human tendencies” that Maria Montessori observed in children… (mention any connection to non-violent communication??)
    c)What does a typical Montessori day look like at Corner Spring Montessori School? (sound like, smell like, taste like?)
    d)What have you observed in how children respond to the day to day elements of a Montessori education? What are students learning about collaboration?
    e) Dr. Angeline Lillard’s research indicates that Montessori education has positive effects on social skills… how do you see that playing out in your own experience?
    f) If the “human tendencies” are fostered over the four phases of development, what hopes do you have for the kinds of adults that result? How do those adults contribute to the wider community in which they live?
    g) How important are parents in Montessori education… assuming that Montessori parents are already motivated to care about their children’s education, how do you involve them to integrate the philosophy of the classroom to their own parenting and teaching?
    h) What are some of the criticisms of Montessori education and how do you respond to them? (stifling creativity – John Dewey; Homework? Grading? Elitism?)
    i) What sorts of opportunities and challenges do you face as a private non-profit school, and how are you responding?

    A) Paula Johnson, Corner Spring Montessori School
    B) Cindi Scappaticci, Head Teacher, Lower elementary
    C) Matt O’Malia, Board member
    D) Anne Saggese, parent

    Call In Program: Yes

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